Régine M. Roumain: An advocate for the Haitian-American community

Régine M. Roumain is the co-founder and executive director of Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX).

Established in 2009, HCX has developed programs designed to present Haitian culture to a broad audience, while supporting emerging and established artists, promoting cross-cultural exchanges and encouraging dialogue around contemporary social issues.

Roumain has 15 years of experience in the non-profit and philanthropic sectors, most recently as a program officer with the New York Women’s Foundation, where she managed grant-making in two of the foundation’s largest portfolios: community organizing and advocacy and economic security.

Previously, she has worked as a management consultant for non-profit organizations and as the coordinator of a community-based organization engaged in civic education, youth development and advocacy for the Haitian-American community.

Over the past five years, Roumain has spearheaded the artistic vision of Haiti Cultural Exchange, developing programs highlighting the cultural richness of Haitians; programs rooted in community; collaboration and dialogue.

Through her work with Haiti Cultural Exchange, Roumain has become a leading figure in the presentation of arts and cultural programs focused on Haiti and the Diaspora.

Her efforts have been recognized by a Union Square Award for the Arts and the Haitian Roundtable.

Roumain was born in Brooklyn, where she currently resides with her family, and was raised between Port-au-Prince, Haiti and New York City.

She graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts. She is fluent in French and Haitian Creole, and during her free time, she enjoys cooking and traveling.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

USA of Haitian descent

EDUCATION:

St. John’s University, Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts

OCCUPATION:

Haiti Cultural Exchange, founder and executive director

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