Roxanne has more than 25 years of experience in journalism and public relations. A graduate of Drake University. Evans began her journalism career at the Des Moines Register and Tribune and spent 10 years at the Austin American-Statesman, where she made history herself when she became the first African American editorial writer and member of the Editorial Board. She also served as a deputy press secretary for Texas Governor Ann Richards. Her other positions include Chief Communications Officer for D.C. Public Schools, and work in the communications departments of the Austin Independent School District and the City of Austin. Roxanne Evans conducts black history research and is former co-editor-in-chief for the Texas Black History Preservation Project, which later became part of the portfolio of the Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture on the campus of Prairie View A&M University. She is a charter member of the National Museum of African American Culture and History at the Smithsonian and a member of the Travis County African American Heritage Council.