2019 NEXTGEN GRADUATES

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The NAACP Next Generation (NEXTGEN) Program is a leadership development training program for young adult NAACP members between the ages of 21 and 40. Our 2019 NEXTGEN Program graduates include young professionals from 31 different states encompassing diverse educational, professional and social justice backgrounds. NEXTGEN participants complete a rigorous training program, including classroom trainings, webinar trainings, case studies, group assignments and special projects on leadership fundamentals, political action, economic empowerment, criminal justice, environmental justice, health advocacy, budgeting, fundraising, technology and direct action. NEXTGEN participants are civically engaged young professionals committed to equality and social justice.

 

Jason Barnes
Alabama

barnes-jason Jason Barnes is the Young Adults Chair of the Metro Montgomery Branch in Alabama. Jason was the Former University of South Alabama NAACP President (2014) of the University of South Alabama Branch. Jason is employed as a Coordinator of Career Services at Alabama State University and earned a Political Science (2022) from the Alabama State University.

Wayne Shaw
Alabama

shaw-wayne Wayne Shaw is the Young Adults Chair for the Mobile Branch in Alabama. Wayne supports young adult membership outreach and voter registration efforts to promote GOTV.

Ashleigh Gaines
Alaska

gaines-ashleigh Ashleigh Gaines is the ACT-SO Chair and Youth Works Chair for the Anchorage Alaska Branch in Alaska. Ashleigh participated in the NAACP ACT-SO Program in the areas of classical music, instrumental music, photography and poetry. Ashleigh previously served as President of the Anchorage Youth Council and is currently working to re-activate the Anchorage Youth Council. Ashleigh graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Political Science.

Kayla Green
Alaska

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Kayla Green is the Chair of the LGTBQ Committee of the Anchorage NAACP Branch in Alaska. Kayla is employed as a Realtor. Prior to real estate, Kayla worked in healthcare as a supervisor, manager, and program director. Kayla earned a degree in Psychology/International Studies from Brigham Young University Idaho. Kayla also earned a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Utah State University. Kayla is a lifelong Alaskan and committed community activist.

Xavier Walker
Arizona

walker-xavier Xavier Walker is a member of the Maricopa County NAACP Branch. Xavier currently works as the Regional Director for NPH USA. Xavier graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Management and Policies.

Minnae Chabwera
Arizona

chabwera-minnae Minnae Chabwera is the Treasurer—Communications, Press, and Publicity Chair—Criminal Justice Chair of the Tucson Branch in Arizona. Minnae is employed as a Systems Test Engineer at Raytheon. Minnae earned a Physics degree with Minors in Mathematics and Leadership Studies from the Hampton University. Minnae also graduated from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor.

Maleah Flournoy
California

flournoy-maleah_ Maleah Flournoy is a member of the Oakland Branch in California. Maleah previously served as Secretary of the Imani NAACP Youth Council. Maleah currently works as a Substitute Teacher for the Mount Diablo Unified School District. Maleah graduated from California State University, East Bay with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Morandon Henry
California

henry-morandon_ Morandon Henry is a member of the Washington, DC NAACP Branch and member of the NAACP National Board of Directors. Morandon previously served as Vice President and Political Action Chair of the California Hawaii NAACP Youth & College Division and former President of the Oakland NAACP Youth Council President . Morandon graduated from Oral Roberts University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Morandon currently works for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as the Special Projects Assistant to the COO.

Lillian Palmbach
California

palmbach-lillian Lillian Palmbach recently relocated to Washington, DC from California. Lillian previously served as Communication and Publicity Chair at San Luis Obispo County Branch. She is a member of the Washington, DC NAACP Branch. Lillian graduated from Marist College with her Bachelor of Science in Conservation and from Turin Polytechnic with a Master of Science in International Development and World Heritage.

Sheila Francois
Colorado

francois-sheilaSheila Francois is a member of the Aurora Branch in Colorado. She previously served as Political Action Chair of the Georgia NAACP Youth & College Division. She graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and minor in Africana Studies. She graduated with her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. She currently works as a Law Clerk for the Denver District Court.

Ashley Francis
Connecticut

Ashley Francis is the Youth Advisor of the Middlesex County Branch in Connecticut. Ashley formerly served as the Acting Vice President of the Middlesex County Branch. Ashley is employed as a School Social Worker at Hartford Public Schools and earned a Social Work degree from the Southern Connecticut State University.

Allyson Bates
Washington D.C.

bates-allyson Allyson Bates is the Health Co-Chair for the NAACP Washington, DC Branch. Allyson currently works for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency as a Program Management Analyst. Allyson graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She graduated from Howard University with a Master’s degree in Economics.

Adria Carter
Washington D.C.

carter-adria Adria Carter is the Fundraising Committee Chair of the Washington, D.C. Branch. Adria previously served as the President of The George Washington University Chapter. Adria is employed as an Administrative Assistant at Krooth & Altman LLP and earned a Political Science from The George Washington University.

Mark Eke
Washington D.C.

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Mark Eke is a member of the Washington, D.C. Branch. Mark is employed as an Information Systems Security Manager at Agility Defense & Government Services. He earned a Computer Science Degree from Madonna University and also obtained a Computer Science from the University of Maryland Global Campus.

Devaughn Jones
Washington D.C.

jones-devaughn DeVaughn Jones is the Economic Development Chair of the Washington, D.C. Branch. DeVaughn is currently a law student and employed as event curator. DeVaughn earned a Financial Economics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. DeVaughn has worked in the entertainment industry for several years. DeVaughn envisions leveraging his business experience and legal education to further his entertainment career. He believes that music, movies, and television are the most powerful determinants of cultural norms. Accordingly, DeVaughn wants to improve culture by uplifting and promoting socially conscious content.

Lauren Poteat
Washington D.C.

poteat-lauren Lauren Poteat is the Women In NAACP (WIN) Chair of the Washington, DC NAACP Branch. Lauren Poteat previously served at the International Affairs Co-Chair and an active member of the Public Relations Committee for the Washington, DC Branch. Lauren Poteat works for National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) as a Washington Correspondent. Lauren also works as a Field Reporter for PG-CTV, located in Upper Marlboro Maryland, and is an occasional guest host on varied radio outlets including Radio One, WHUR and We Act Radio. In 2018, Lauren won the title of Miss Black America Maryland and most recently, the title of Miss Black District of Columbia USA 2019.

Mahasin Salim-Chambers
Washington D.C.

salim-chambers-mahasin Mahasin Salim is a member of the Washington, D.C. NAACP Branch. Mahasin graduated from Trinity Washington University. Mahasin is the co-creator of the Salim Foundation, a nonprofit organization formed to meet the needs of the community, including food, housing, clothing and healthcare. Mahasin also authored a children’s book titled, “My Love.” Mahasin serves a volunteer for Healthy Lives, which is a comprehensive clinical practice offering substance abuse and mental health treatment to adolescents and adults, as well as youth engagement activities and transitional housing. Mahasin is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Arielle Van-Mballa
Washington D.C.

van-mballa-arielle Arielle Van-Mballa is the Community Engagement Chair of the Washington, DC Branch. Arielle graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Pre-Law. She currently works as a Legal Assistant.

Nicholaus Nelson-Goedert
Florida

nelson-goedert-nicholaus Dr. Nicholaus Nelson-Goedert is a member of the Fort Lauderdale Broward NAACP Branch in Florida. Dr. Nelson-Goedert formerly served as the Vice President of the Georgetown University NAACP College Chapter and served as Vice President of the Miami-Dade NAACP Youth Council. Dr. Nelson-Goedert currently works for the Miami Dade College as a Sociology Professor. He graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Government and Psychology. He graduated from Emory University with his Doctorate degree in Sociology.

Tiffany Hughes
Florida

hughes-tiffany Tiffany Hughes is the 3rd Vice President & Young Adult Committee Chair of the Orange County Branch in Florida. Tiffany is the owner of KBI Staffing Solutions LLC and earned a Communications degree from Florida International University. Tiffany also graduated from Full Sail University. Tiffany is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. Tiffany was honored as the 2019 Orange County District 6 Citizen of the Year.

Tiara Robinson
Florida

robinson-tiara Tiara S. Robinson serves on the Young Adult Committee and Women In NAACP (WIN) Committee of the Orange County Branch in Florida. Tiara previously served as the Treasurer & Community Outreach Chair of the Florida A&M University Chapter. Tiara currently works for Lockheed Martin as an International Accountant. Tiara graduated from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Tiara graduated from Ashford University with a Master’s of Science Degree in Accounting.

Richard Garzola
Florida

garzola-richard Richard Garzola is a member of the Tallahassee NAACP Branch in Florida. Richard previously served as the Political Action Chair and Vice President for the Tallahassee Branch. Richard is employed as a National Press Secretary at NextGen America and earned a Bachelors in Education from the Florida State University. Richard is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

La’Tricia Hughes
Georgia

hughesla_triciaLa’Tricia Hughes is a member of the Atlanta, Georgia Branch. La’Tricia is employed as a Marketing Coordinator at Liberty Furniture Industries. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from the Fort Valley State University. La’Tricia also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from the Eastern Michigan University. La’Tricia is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

Eboni Preston
Georgia

preston-eboni Eboni Preston is the Labor and Industry Chair for the Georgia NAACP State Conference and a member of the Atlanta Branch in Georgia. Eboni was the Education Chair of the Duke University Branch in North Carolina. Eboni is employed as a Director of Programs at Greening Youth Foundation and earned an International Comparative Studies Degree from the Duke University. Eboni also has an International Comparative Studies Degree from the Columbia University. Eboni is currently enrolled in a MPA/MBA program at Kennesaw State University and will graduate in May of 2020.

Gabrielle Prince
Georgia

Gabrielle Prince is a member of the Atlanta Branch in Georgia. Gabrielle is employed as a Senior Underwriting Associate at Zurich North America and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Georgia State University.

Janea Haley Swindle
Georgia

swindle-haley Janea Haley Swindle is a member of the Savannah-Chatham County Branch in Georgia. J. Haley previously served as the Branch Treasurer and 2nd Vice President. J. Haley is employed as a Historic Interpreter at Telfair Museums and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Savannah State University.

Ashley Lester
Georgia

lester-ashley Ashley Lester is the Youth Advisor of the Cobb County Branch in Georgia. Ashley previously served as Secretary of the Columbia State University NAACP Chapter and Georgia NAACP State Youth & College Division. Ashley also served as a member of the NAACP National Youth Works. Ashley graduated from Columbus State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a minor in Criminal Justice. Ashley currently works for Randstad as a Restitution Specialist.

Mickeayla Clark-Brockington
Georgia

clark-brockington-mickeayla Mickeayla Clark-Brockington is the Community Coordination Chair for the Georgia NAACP State Conference and the First Vice President for Coffee County Branch in Georgia. She previously served as President of the Coffee County Branch in Georgia. Mickeayla has worked as a Business Consultant and Tax Preparer for 8 years.

Rebecca Raines
Illinois

Rebecca Raines is the Criminal Justice Chair for the Chicago Westside Branch in Illinois. Rebecca works for the Center for Neighborhood Technology as Manager of Outreach and Public Engagement.

Jasmine Morton
Illinois

mortonjasmine Jasmine Morton is the 2nd Vice President of the DuPage Branch in Illinois. Jasmine formerly served as the President of the Georgetown University Chapter. Jasmine is employed as a Litigation Associate at Chuhak & Tecson PC and earned her degree from Georgetown University.

Spanky Edwards
Illinois

edwards-spanky Spanky Edwards is the Youth Works Chair for the Illinois NAACP State Conference. Spanky previously served as the President of the Illinois NAACP State Conference Youth & College Division and was a member of the Morehouse NAACP College Chapter. Spanky currently works for the Peoria Peace & Nonviolence Leadership Institute as the Executive Director. Spanky graduated from Morehouse College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Religion, Nonviolent Leadership. Spanky also attended Vanderbilt Divinity School. Spanky is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.

Taryn Bradley
Illinois

bradley-taryn Taryn Bradley is the Young Adults Committee Co-Chair of the Peoria NAACP Branch in Illinois. She graduated from Illinois University with a Bachelor’s degree in Art Journalism. She currently works for Illinois State University as an Academic Advisor.

Demarcus Hamilton
Illinois

demarcus-hamilton Demarcus Hamilton serves on the Young Adults Committee of the Peoria NAACP Branch in Illinois. Demarcus currently works for 90.7 FM Strictly Hip-Hop Urban Radio. Demarcus also works as a Free-Lance Journalist and an Admissions Counselor.

Nia Mcfarland-Drye
Illinois

mcfarland-drye-nia Nia McFarland-Drye is the Assistant Secretary and Young Adults Co-Chair of the Peoria NAACP Branch in Illinois. Nia currently works for the Federal Public Defenders as the Mitigation Specialist. Nia graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and graduated from New York University (NYU) with a Master’s degree in Social Work. Nia also served on the Edwards Coal Plant Settlement Advisory Committee. Nia is the Founder of US GIRLS, which is United Sisterhood of Girls and Womyn addressing the social and emotional needs of young high-risk girls.

Daylana Saunders
Indiana

saunders-daylana Daylana Saunders is the Young Adult Chair of the Fort Wayne in Indiana. Daylana is employed as a High School English and Writing teacher and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations & Strategic Communication from Purdue University. Daylana also graduated from Ball State University.

James Dillon
Indiana

dillon-sr-james James Dillon is the Legal Redress Chair for the Indiana State Conference and is a member of the Gary Branch in Indiana. James graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. James Dillon graduated with his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Valparaiso University School of Law. James currently works as a Principal Attorney at The Dillon Law Firm, LLC. James Dillon is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Jesseca Chatman
Indiana

chatman-jesseca Jesseca Chatman is the Young Adults Committee Chair of the Greater Indianapolis Branch in Indiana. She is employed as a Public Health Evaluator at the Indiana State Department of Health. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Johnson C. Smith University and a Master of Public Health degree from Jackson State University. Jesseca is also a children’s author, bow tie maker and co-founder (with her husband) of Words Can Help, LLC.

Joel Dula
Kentucky

dula-joel Joel Dula is the Political Action Chair for the Georgetown Scott County NAACP Branch in Kentucky. Joel supports voter registration and door-to-door canvassing to promote GOTV.

Jaida Hampton
Kentucky

hampton-jaida Jaida Hampton is the Youth & College State President of the Lexington-Fayette Branch in Kentucky. Jaida was the Youth & College State President of the University of Kentucky Chapter. Jaida is employed as a Student Dean Office Assistant at UK College of Law and will earn a Political Science degree from the University of Kentucky in 2020. Jaida previously served as a Legislative Fellow for United States Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. Jaida is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Matthew White
Kentucky

white-matthew Matthew White is the Youth Works Chair for the Kentucky State Conference and a member of the Louisville NAACP Branch in Kentucky. Matthew previously served as the President of the Kentucky Youth & College Division and President of the Northern Kentucky University College Chapter. Matthew graduated from Northern Kentucky University with his Bachelor’s degree in Family Child Development. Matthew currently works for the Greater Clark County Schools as a Behavior Intervention Coordinator.

Bria Virgil
Louisiana

virgi-briaBria Virgil is a member of the Monroe Branch in Louisiana. Bria was the President of the University of Louisiana Monroe Branch. Bria is employed as a Synergy Coordinator with the City of West Monroe and currently working on a Communication-Public Relations and Advocacy Degree from the University of Louisiana Monroe. Bria is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Along with being a full-time student, Bria founded a non-profit organization called Pretty with a Purpose. She also reigns as the national pageant titleholder for Miss Black Empowerment 2019.

Joshua Harris
Maryland

harris-joshua Joshua Harris is the First Vice President of the Baltimore City Branch in Maryland. Joshua was the of the Branch. Joshua is employed as a Director of Government Relations and Communications at the National Education Association and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Augsburg University. Joshua is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Christina Bostick
Maryland

bostick-christina-j Christina Bostick is the First Vice President and Legal Redress Chair of the Howard County Branch in Maryland. Christina is employed as a Managing Director at Bostick Law Office. She earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in English from Spelman College and a Juris Doctor Degree from Georgetown University. Christina is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Tiffany Haigler Sion
Maryland

sion-tiffanyTiffany Sion is the Youth Work Coordinator of the Howard County Branch in Maryland. Tiffany is employed as a Federal Investigator at U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and earned a Criminal Justice from Fort Valley State University. Tiffany also graduated from Troy University. Tiffany is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta, Sorority Incorporated.

Nikki Thompson
Maryland

thompson-nikki Nikki Thompson is the NEXTGEN Chair and At-Large Executive Committee Member of the Prince George’s NAACP Branch in Maryland. Nikki works for the Maryland Center on Economic Policy as a Campaign Manager. Nikki graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. degree in Journalism and graduated from Howard University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree. Nikki is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Abiola Agoro
Massachusetts

agoro-abiolaAbiola Agoro is the Youth Outreach Chair of the Fort Worth Branch in Texas. Abiola previously served as the George Washington University NAACP Chapter President. Abiola is employed as a Fashion Designer & Political Consultant and earned a degree in Philosophy from Boston University. Abiola is also a mental health advocate working to increase awareness and access to therapists for black and brown people.

Rachelle Jeanty
Massachusetts

Rachelle Jeanty is a member of the Brockton Area Branch NAACP Branch in Massachusetts. Rachelle is employed as a Regional Organizer at Elizabeth Warren Campaign and earned a Bachelors in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Rachelle also has a Bachelors in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a Gender, Leadership and Public Policy from the Gender, Leadership and Public Policy. Rachelle is also Founding Sister of the Zarya Chapter of Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Incorporated.

LaSella Hall
Massachusetts

hall-lasella LaSella Hall is the President of the New Bedford Branch- Unit 2055 Branch in Massachusetts. LaSella formerly served as the NAACP NEAC Youth & College Advisor. LaSella is employed as an Associate Director, FDUH at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and earned a History from the La Salle University. LaSella also has a History degree from the University of Phoenix-Atlanta Campus and a Ph.D./ Humanities & African American Studies. LaSella is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Breaunte Brown
Michigan

brown-breaunte Breaunte Brown is the Youth Works Chair of the Flint Adult Branch in Michigan and formerly served as the MSU Chapter Secretary. Breaunte is employed as an Assistant GIS Analyst Research Assistant at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Division of Public Health. Breaunte earned a Human Geography degree from Michigan State University.

Daniel Mahoney
Michigan

mahoney-daniel Daniel Mahoney is the President of the Jackson County Branch in Michigan. Daniel was previously a member of the Eastern Michigan University Chapter. Daniel is employed as a Business Account Executive at Sprint and earned a Entrepreneurship/Communication degree from Eastern Michigan University. Daniel is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Daniel is also a husband, father to 5 daughters, and serves as a Jackson County Commissioner.

Andrea Pugh-Kelley
Michigan

pugh-kelley-andrea Andrea Pugh-Kelley is a member of the Saginaw NAACP Branch in Michigan. Andrea previously served as the President of the Saginaw NAACP Youth Council. She graduated from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master’s of Public Health. She currently works for Florida A&M University as a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration CCME Fellow. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Terresa Moses
Minnesota

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Terresa Moses is the 2nd Vice President of the Duluth Branch in Minnesota. Terresa is employed as a Creative Director at Blackbird Revolt and and an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Terresa graduated from the University of North Texas and is a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Terresa serves as a board member of Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, Inc., the first memorial in the nation to the victims of lynching.

Mercedes Howell
Minnesota

mercedes-howell Mercedes Howell is a member of the Minneapolis Branch in Minnesota. Mercedes is employed as a Law Clerk at Hennepin County Court and earned a Bachelor’s degree in African American Studies (History Concentration) from the University of Minnesota. Mercedes is also attending Aviation Flight School, and upon graduation, she will be one of the first Black Female Pilots in the State of Minnesota.

Jamion Burney
Mississippi

burney-jamion-t Jamion Burney is the Legal Redress Chair for the Stone County NAACP Branch in Mississippi. Jamion graduated from University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Jamion currently works for Lockett-Williams Mortuary, Inc. as the Funeral Director’s Assistant. Jamion is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Cordell Pulluaim
Missouri

pulliam-cj Cordell Pulluaim is the Young Adults Committee Chair of the Kansas City NAACP Branch in Missouri. Cordell previously served as the President of the University of Missouri Kansas City NAACP College Chapter. Cordell graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City with a Bachelor’s degree in History. Cordell is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Nastassia Davis
New Jersey

davis-nastassia Nastassia Davis is the Social Media Chair for the Atlantic City Branch in New Jersey. Nastassia formerly was a youth member of the Atlantic City Branch. Nastassia is employed as a Parent Educator/Mentor for Atlantic City Public Schools and is the founder/owner of Nastassia Davis Photography. Nastassia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts Studio from Montclair State University.

Ciera Logan
New Jersey

logan-ciera Ciera Logan is Education Chair and Environmental and Climate Justice Chair for the Atlantic City NAACP Branch in New Jersey. Ciera currently works for Fox Rothschild LLP as an Attorney. Ciera graduated from Hampton University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and graduated from Emory Law with a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree.

Cory Young
New Jersey

young-cory Cory Young is the Religious Affairs Co-Chair of the Atlantic City Branch in New Jersey. Cory is employed as a Human Services Specialist for the Atlantic County (NJ) Government. Cory graduated from Atlantic Cape Community College. Cory has volunteered at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission and served as a junior counselor at Salvation Army, Atlantic City Police Athletic League and Boys and Girls Club.

Ashley Bennett
New Jersey

bennett-ashley Ashley Bennett is a member of the Mainland-Pleasantville Branch in New Jersey. Ashley previously was a member of the Rutgers University Chapter. Ashley is employed as a Psychiatric Emergency Screener at Acenda Integrated Health and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University. Ashley also has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Georgian Court University. Ashley is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Shazneka Blue
New Jersey

blue-shazneka Shazneka Blue is a member of the Maplewood-Oranges Branch in New Jersey. Shazneka is employed as a Biology teacher at Marion P. Thomas Charter High School in Newark, New Jersey. Shazneka earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology (with a minor in Chemistry) from Kean University. Shazneka is a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated.

Afiya Rawls
New Jersey

rawls-afiya Afiya Rawls is a member of the Oranges/Maplewood Branch in New Jersey. Afiya is employed as a Communications Officer at County of Union and earned a Mass Communications & Black Studies from the Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. Afiya is also an active church member.

Austin Edwards
New Jersey

edwards-austin Austin Edwards is the Legal Redress Chair and Housing Chair for the Trenton Branch in New Jersey. Austin is employed as a Deputy Attorney General at New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and earned a Political Science from the Howard University. Austin also earned a Juris Doctor degree from Howard University School of Law. Austin is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Samantha Whitfield
New Jersey

whitfield-samantha Samantha Whitfield is the President of the Willingboro & Vicinity NAACP Branch in New Jersey. Samatha Whitfield was elected Councilwoman and currently serves as the Councilwoman of the Willingboro Township in New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers University (Livingston College) with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Theater. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (PennDesign) with a Master’s degree in City Planning, Community & Economic Development.

Myeisha Boyd
New York

boyd-myeisha Myeisha Boyd is a member of the Brooklyn Branch in New York. Myeisha is employed as an Economic Development Fellow at Bloomberg Associates and earned a Politics and Government from the University of Hartford. Myeisha also graduated from New York University.

Maurice Edwards
New York

edwards-maurice Maurice Edwards is the Young Adults Committee Co-Chair of the Brooklyn NAACP Branch in New York. Maurice currently works for MJHS as an Account Manager. Maurice graduated from John Jay College with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems.

Taiesa Heath
New York

heath-taiesa Taiesa Heath is a member of the Brooklyn Branch in New York. Taiesa is employed as a Financial Service Advisor at New York Community Bank and earned a degree in Media Arts and Management from Long Island University. Taiesa also graduated from the University of Miami. Taiesa is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.

Antonya Jeffrey
New York

jeffrey-antonya Antonya Jeffrey is the Secretary of the Brooklyn Branch in New York. Antonya is employed as a New York State Deputy Director at Fines and Fees Justice Center and earned a degree in Communication & Rhetorical Studies from Syracuse University. Antonya also graduated from American University. Antonya is devoted to justice reform/advocacy. She is also a first-generation college graduate and proud of her Caribbean heritage.

N’Dia Sabio
New York

sabio-n_dia N’Dia Sabio is a member of the Brooklyn Branch in New York. N’Dia is employed as a Footwear Designer and earned a Fashion Design degree from Clark Atlanta University.

Ciara Walton
New York

walton-ciara Ciara Walton is the Executive Committee Member of the Brooklyn Branch in New York. Ciara is employed as a Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Ciara earned a Health Science degree from the University of North Florida. Ciara also graduated from Nova Southeastern University. Ciara is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

Alaina Cottrell
New York

cottrell-alaina Alaina Cottrell is the Young Adult Action Committee Co-Chair of the Buffalo Branch in New York. Alaina is employed as a Community Partner Specialist at Girl Scouts of Western New York and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Canisius College. Alaina also graduated from New York Medical College.

Alain Berrouet
New York

berrouet-alain Alain Berrouet is the Criminal Justice Chair of the Jamaica Branch in New York. Alain is employed as a Queens Borough Director at New York City Department of Education and earned a Criminal Justice from CUNY John Jay College. Alain was catapulted into advancing equity when he was stopped and frisked at gunpoint by three plain clothes police officers as a freshman in college. This has currently led Alain to serve on a community board and at civic organizations where he supports bridging inequities that people of color face in his local community. Alain is also the founder of the first Black and Latino Employee Resource Group (ERG) in the NYC Department of Education. The B.L.E.N.D. ERG for the past three years has created equity, diversity, and inclusion for Black & Latino employees, and all New York City Department of Education stakeholders, through recognizing and developing the knowledge, capacity, and leadership of Black and Latino people across the New York City Department of Education. Alain’s primary goal is to continue the legacy the NAACP has built by advancing equity in areas that can have a significant impact on the lives of Black people and help design and share actionable interventions/tools for maximizing impact across this country and globally.

Chanel Caraway
New York

caraway-chanel Chanel Caraway is a member of the Mid-Manhattan NAACP Branch in New York. She graduated from American University with Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Master’s degree in Communications. She currently works for the NYC Administration for Children’s Services as a Press Secretary. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Aylia Doomes
New York

doomes-aylia Aylia Doomes is a member of the Mid-Manhattan Branch in New York. Aylia formerly served as President and charter founder of City College of New York Youth and College NAACP of The City College of New York Branch. Aylia earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Science with a Minor in Psychology from The City College of New York. Aylia is currently attending medical school and desires to serve the underserved in underrepresented, low-income and minority communities.

Charles Johnson
New York

johnson-charles Charles Johnson is a member of the Mid-Manhattan NAACP Branch in New York. Charles graduated from the Fort Valley State University with a Bachelors of Art degree in Political Science, Magna Cum Laude. Charles currently works as the Executive Vice President of the Operations at First Independent Financial Group. Charles serves as a Board Member to Community Board 10 in Central Harlem and serves as Chair for Public Safety Committee. Charles is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

Bintou Kone
New York

kone-bintou Bintou Kone is the Youth Advisor of the Mid-Manhattan Branch in New York. Bintou is employed as a teacher at Excel Charter School and earned a Biology degree from New York University.

Asher-Leigh Boone
New York

asher-leigh-boone Asher-Leigh Boone is a member of the Albany County NAACP Branch in New York. She previously served as the Vice President of the SUNY Albany NAACP College Chapter. Asher-Leigh is a candidate to graduate from University at Albany with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy & Sociology in May 2020.

Gordon Edwards
New York

edwards-gordon Gordon Edwards is a member of the Parkchester Branch in New York. Gordon is employed as a Research Coordinator for an HIV prevention study and a Program Evaluator for drug overdose prevention and recovery programs in the South Bronx. Gordon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from American University. Gordon also graduated from the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy. Gordon is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He continues to strategize, execute, and reflect on ways to build up community power collaboratively through public health as a starting place to achieve stronger communities in America and globally today.

Calvin Demetrius
New York

demetrius-calvin Calvin Demetrius is the Chair of the Young Adult Committee of the Spring Valley Branch in New York. Calvin is an Employment Coordinator for At-Risk Youth in Harlem at Roads to Success. Calvin also owns a toy store (Dizzlejr). Calvin earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from SUNY Albany.

Lakisha Womack
North Carolina

womack-lakisha Lakisha Womack is the Secretary and Young Adult Chair of the Moore County Branch in North Carolina. Lakisha is employed as a Middle School Math Teacher at Moore County Schools and earned a Mathematics degree (with minor in Education) from North Carolina A&T State University.

Elaina Hamilton
North Carolina

hamilton-elaina Elaina Hamilton is a member of the Raleigh Branch in North Carolina. Elaina is employed as the Director of Membership Services at Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She earned a Bachelors of Art degree in Design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Elaina also has a Bachelors of Art degree in Design from the Western Carolina University. Elaina is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Gemale Black
North Carolina

black-gemale Gemale Black is the President of the Salisbury-Rowan NAACP Branch in North Carolina. Gemale graduated from Winston Salem State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Gemale currently works for SL. Nusbaum Realty Co. as a Recertification Specialist.

Marcus Fairley
North Carolina

fairley-marcus Marcus Fairley is the Religious Affairs Chair of the Salisbury-Rowan NAACP Branch in North Carolina. Marcus graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Hotel Management. Marcus graduated from Hood Theological Seminary with a Master’s degree in Divinity. Marcus Fairley currently works for the North Carolina State Conference as an Engagement Coordinator.

Alana Garrett-Ferguson
Ohio

garrett-alana Alana Garrett-Ferguson is the Environmental and Climate Justice Chair of the Cleveland NAACP Branch in Ohio. Alana graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies. She currently works as a Community Organizer and Policy Associate for the New Voices for Reproductive Justice.

Ariana Johnson
Ohio

Ariana Johnson is a member of the Cleveland Branch in Ohio. Ariana is employed as an Administrative Assistant at Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court and is a Public Policy Fellow under the Carl and Louis Stokes Fellowship. She earned a Journalism and Promotional Communications Degree from Cleveland State University. Ariana also has a Journalism and Promotional Communications Degree from the University of Akron. Ariana is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and the Cuyahoga County Section of the National Council of Negro Women. Ariana serves as the Youth Administrator for her church, Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church. Additionally, Ariana is the Communications Director for the Cuyahoga County Young Democrats and an executive committee member for the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party. Ariana was the first female President of the Northeast Ohio Young Black Democrats and currently serves on the Bridge Board for the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Ohio.

Brian Turner
Pennsylvania

turner-brian Brian Turner serves as the Secretary and Membership Chair for the NAACP Main Line Branch located in southeastern Pennsylvania. He also serves as the Membership Chair for the NAACP Pennsylvania State Conference.  Brian serves on the Board of Trustees at Zion Baptist Church of Ardmore. Brian is employed as an Academic Outreach Manager for the College of Business & Leadership of Eastern University. Brian earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from Delaware Valley University and an MBA from Eastern University.

Kenyada Posey
Pennsylvania

posey-kenyada Kenyada Posey is a member of the Philadelphia Branch in Pennsylvania and previously served as its Youth Advisor. Kenyada earned a Political Science degree from Troy University.

Patrick Dixon
South Carolina

dixon-patrick Patrick Dixon is a member of the Atlanta Branch in Georgia. Patrick graduated from Morehouse College with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and minor in Economics.

Israel Robinson
South Carolina

Israel Robinson is a member of the Orangeburg NAACP Branch in South Carolina. Israel previously served as South Carolina State University NAACP Chapter President. Israel graduated from South Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.

Fantasia Singleton
South Carolina

fantasia-singleton Fantasia Singleton is the Secretary of the Sumter Branch in South Carolina. Fantasia is employed as a School Based Mental Health Counselor at Clarendon County Community Mental Health Clinic and earned a Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) from the USC- Columbia.

Be’Daun Smith
Tennessee

smith-be_daun Be’Daun Smith is a member of the Memphis Branch in Tennessee. Be’Daun is employed as a CEO/Executive Director at Refuge Center and earned a Business/Finance degree from Post University. Be’Daun is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. Be’Daun also serves as a pastor, philanthropist and community activist. As a husband and father, Be’Daun’s commitment to community development is driven by my desire to create a better world for his daughter and the next generation of young leaders.

Deonna Williams
Tennessee

williams-deonna Deonna Williams is the Young Adults Committee Co-Chair for the Memphis Branch in Tennessee. Deonna previously served as the Political Action Chair of the University of Tennessee Chapter. Deonna is employed at Shelby County Schools-College in the Career and Technical Education Department. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (with Public Administration concentration & Africana Studies minor) from the University of Tennessee. Deonna is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Shunkecia Lewis
Texas

lewis-shunkecia Shunkecia Lewis recently relocated to Maryland from Texas. Shunkecia Lewis previously served as the the Communications/Press & Publicity Chair, ACT-SO Co-Chair and 2nd Vice President of the Arlington Branch in Texas. Shunkecia is employed as a Web Content Specialist at the NAACP. Shunkecia earned a Public Relations Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Additionally, Shunkecia is among only 20 participants in the 2019 Youth & College Policy Writing Institute, which helps to build a network of young leaders with a passion for creating and pushing policies based on education, voting rights, and economic sustainability. She serves as a volunteer Deputy Registrar giving access to those who need to be registered to vote and was a member of the inaugural Obama Foundation Community Leadership Days.

Cerita Burrell
Texas

burrell-cerita Cerita Burrell is the 2nd Vice President, Membership Chair of the Collin County Branch in Texas. Cerita earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Cal State Los Angeles. Cerita also graduated from the University of Phoenix. Cerita is a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and serves as the Social Action Chair for the Southwestern Region and North Dallas Alumnae Chapter.

Christopher Marshall
Texas

marshall-christopher Christopher Marshall is a member of the Dallas NAACP Branch in Texas. Christopher currently works for UNT Dallas as an IT Student Assistant. Christopher graduated from UNT Dallas with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Strategic Management. He is also a licensed professional insurance sales consultant in the State of Texas. Christopher is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated.

Anthony Collier
Texas

collier-anthony Anthony Collier is a member of the Houston Branch in Texas. Anthony previously served as the Political Action Chair of the Texas Southern University Branch. Anthony earned a Political Science and Communications degree from Texas Southern University and is currently working toward his Juris Doctor degree at Texas Law. While at Texas Southern University, Anthony worked for the Texas State NAACP and as a policy analyst with the Texas Senate. After graduating from college, he worked as a legislative director at the Texas House of Representatives. Anthony currently volunteers with Law For Black Lives, a pro bono project researching how to deploy legal strategies to seek relief for the scores of Black people and others harmed by narcotic-related convictions, part of a nationwide effort to help address the racialized impact of the War on Drugs.

Elisabeth Johnson
Texas

johnson-elisabeth Elisabeth Johnson is a member of the Houston Branch in Texas and the former Faith Events Coordinator for its Young Adults Committee. Elisabeth is employed as a Client Services Analyst at American Express & Citibank and Owner of Pretty Prissy Beauty Supply. Elisabeth earned a Political Science Degree from Southern University and A&M College. Elisabeth is also a published author of “Wake Up: A Despairing Cry to the Black Community.” Elisabeth also previously ran as a candidate for Houston City Council.

Khanay Turner
Texas

turner-khanay Khanay Turner is a member of the Dallas NAACP Branch in Texas. Khanay graduated from Prairie View A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree. Khanay currently works for the Office of State Representative Toni Rose as the Chief of Staff. Khanay is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Dawn Jones
Texas

jones-dawn Dawn Jones is a member of the Houston NAACP Branch in Texas. Dawn currently works for the Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign as a National Student Organizer. Dawn graduated from Texas Southern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts & Behavioral Sciences and a minor in Administration of Justice. She previously worked as a Public Policy Intern for Angela Rye.

Jazmyne Brooks
Texas

brooksjazmyne Jazmyne Brooks is a member of the San Antonio NAACP Branch in Texas. She previously served as President of the University of Texas NAACP College Chapter. She graduated from University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She currently works for MOVE Texas as an Executive Assistant. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Everett Dotson
Texas

Everett Dotson is a member of the San Antonio Branch in Texas, where he serves on the Young Adults Committee. Everett graduated from San Antonio College with a degree in Graphic Design. Everett also serves as a Deacon At Lilly Of The Valley M.B.C. in San Antonio, Texas.

Justin Rice
Texas

rice-justin Justin Rice is the Treasurer of the Waco Branch in Texas. Justin is employed as an Accounting Technician at ATP2, LLC. While attending Baylor University, Justin earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with a Minor in Political Science Minor. Justin also has a Masters of Public Administration from Tarleton State University. Justin is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Steffen Gillom
Vermont

gillom-steffen Steffen Glenn Gillom is the President of the Windham County Vermont Branch in Vermont. Steffen graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science (Pre-Law) and a Master’s degree in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation from the School of International Training. Steffen currently works for the Antioch Couples and Family Therapy Institute as an Intake Specialist. Steffen also works as a Conflict Resolution specialist, professional mediator, diversity consultant, TESOL educator, conference trainer, and a commentator for Vermont Public Radio (VPR).

Rose Albert
Vermont

albert-rose Rose Albert is the Vice President of the Windham County Branch in Vermont. Rose Albert graduated from Salve Regina University with a B.A degree in Sociology and Anthropology with a minor in French. She graduated from SIT Graduate Institute with a M.A in Intercultural Service and Leadership Management.

Avohom Carpenter
Virginia

carpenter-avohom Avohom Carpenter is the President of the Chesterfield County NAACP Branch in Virginia. Avohom graduated from Hampton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History. Avohom currently works as the Director of Civic Engagement at Virginia League of Conservation Voters.

Ike Okoli
Washington

okoli-ike Ike Okoli is an At-Large Executive Committee member for the Spokane Branch in Washington. Ike is employed as a Location Director at Aveanna Healthcare. Ike serves as a Health Service Officer in the US Army Reserves. Ike earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of South Carolina.

Devin Anderson
Wisconsin

anderson-devinDevin Anderson is the Education Co-Chair of the Racine Branch in Wisconsin. Devin is employed as a Lead Organizer, African American Roundtable at Wisconsin Voices. Devin earned an Education and Political Science degree from Beloit College.