Meet The Team

TJ Mayfield


TJ Mayfield is the Mississippi Organizer for ROC United where he has goals of creating a more equitable Mississippi. Before TJ became an organizer, he was a secondary educator for six years where he founded Gentlemen of Intelligence, Valor, and Excellence. TJ is also the founder of the Warren County Young Democrats, MAD for Christ, Razor Sharp Reading, and the Rev. Henry Mayfield Sr. Scholarship. TJ serves as the Legislative Chair of the Vicksburg Alcorn Alumni Association, in addition to being a member of the NAACP, the Mississippi Black Leadership Institute, The Mississippi Collective, and the Mississippi Teacher Advisory Council.

Dr. Lawren Long


Dr. Lawren Long serves as the National Policy Coordinator for ROC United. Her background includes research and advocacy for human capital development, equal pay, early childhood and public education, poverty, social justice, economic and urban development, and public health. She has served in various capacities at the MS Department of Education, Jackson State University, MS Department of Human Services, and Regions Financial. She has also gained political and public policy experience from the MS Women’s Foundation, Young Democrats of MS, MS Political Science Association, and American Society for Public Administrators. She takes pride in being civically engaged and is excited about expanding her skill-set to help achieve ROC’s mission.

Allytra Perryman


Allytra Perryman is the Lead Organizer in Mississippi. Prior to working for ROC, Allytra was the Program Director for the East Biloxi Community Collaborative (EBCC), a program designed to create a healthy, vibrant, and sustainable East Biloxi for families by improving outcomes in education, health and economic security. She previously worked as a Community Organizer and Special Education Advocate for the Mississippi Center for Justice where she managed faith-based, community leaders and parents in a multi-year campaign to reopen the historic Nichols Elementary School.

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