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Chief of Staff

The Chief of Staff is an appointed position to the Office of the Mayor. The Chief of Staff advises the Mayor and provides extensive professional assistance and recommendations on City issues to the Mayor and Department Heads. This is a professional position requiring extensive administrative experience as well as exceptional analytical and communication skills.

Dr. Safiya Omari currently serves as the Chief of Staff in Mayor Lumumba’s administration. She has extensive administrative experience in the public and private sector, having worked for over 15 years in management for a major insurance company. She is on leave from her positions as Associate Professor of Social Work and Health Sciences and Director/Principal Investigator of the Southern Institute for Mental Health Advocacy, Research and Training (SMHART) at Jackson State University. Dr. Omari received her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from California State University in Los Angeles, California and her PhD in Experimental Social Psychology from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She has received numerous accolades for her teaching and scholarship over the years, and has published and presented nationally and internationally in the areas of psychological well-being, domestic violence, and health disparities (to include but not limited to HIV and mental health). She is also quite active in the community, serving as an officer and member of several non-profit boards: most notably, Chair of the Board of Directors for One Voice and Executive Vice-President for the Community Aid and Development Advisory Board. Dr. Omari acted as the Mayor’s chief campaign coordinator.

For more information, you may reach Dr. Omari at 601-960-1084 or .