Economic Department Staff

Marvin Owens Jr.

marvin-owensSenior Director of the NAACP Economic Department. With more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Owens has served as a consultant, lecturer, and technical assistance provider in the areas of Community and Economic Development, Small Business Development, and Community Organizing. Mr. Owens also served as Vice President for Economic Empowerment at the National Urban League (NUL) where he managed all aspects of NUL’s corporate, foundation, and government relationships with specific focus on affiliate economic development activities, small business development, and finance. Mr. Owens oversaw implementation of the National Urban League’s Empowerment Fund, a $127 million tax credit finance fund for small and minority businesses. Mr. Owens is also an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Rev. Owens earned his BA in Religion from Jarvis Christian College, Hawkins,Texas and, and his MDiv from Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Dawn Chase

Dawn_ChaseDawn Chase is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion at the NAACP. Mrs. Chase’s responsibilities include cultivating partnerships and programs that create opportunity for enhancing the economic stability of people of color. She is also responsible for managing over fifty corporate partnerships that support our corporate fairness and diversity initiative. Read Mrs. Chase’s full bio here.



Lisa Bland Malone

Lisa Bland Malone is the Economic Programs Manager for the NAACP’s Economic Development Department. She has spent the majority of her career working in the civil rights arena. Ms. Bland Malone has twenty five years of experience in public policy, federal and grassroots advocacy, programs, research and publications.

She formerly served as the Vice President & Chief of Staff at the National Urban League’s Washington Bureau. Ms. Bland Malone provided leadership and assistance to the staff and supervised the day-to-day management of the Bureau. In coordination with the Senior Vice President, she was responsible for staffing, funding proposals and grant requirements, budgets, research reports and policy documents.

Ms. Bland Malone is a graduate of Tufts University with a BA in Sociology and a concentration in economics.

Her responsibilities include overseeing all economic department programs, managing micro-grantees toward meeting funded program goals; overseeing and providing ongoing reporting to internal and external stakeholders; scheduling and overseeing training experiences for NAACP State Conference Econ Chairs and leadership; designing and implementing economic programs that align with the NAACP mission and supporting the association’s goals, as well as, ensuring the integration of NAACP Economic Programs with the NAACP’s mission.


Jacquelyne D. Ward-Richardson

Jacquelyne D. Ward-Richardson, Economic Fair Housing Manager has served the community regarding economic equality for over 20 years. Jackie’s service began as the recording secretary for the State of Connecticut NAACP in 1981; shortly thereafter her housing career began. Her housing experience spans the gambit from mortgage banker, to Realtor with counseling certifications in between She has served 2 Urban League Affiliates as their Vice President of Programs and Chief Operating Officer and most recently as the Sr. Director of Housing and Community Development. She has extensive grant writing, program development and implementation skills in addition to her wealth of knowledge in the Fair Housing arena. She is passionate about civil rights and decreasing the economic inequalities that exist in our communities.

She is responsible for the design and implementation of National Housing and Economic Programs; ensuring Housing and Economic Programs align with the NAACP mission and goals, staff the Housing Committee, as well as, scheduling, planning and oversight of training for State Conference leadership.


Latika Wesley

Latika Wesley, the Economic Department’s Housing Policy Specialist, has spent most of her career exploring different facets of the housing industry since receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Howard University. She has since served as a Mortgage Foreclosure Reviewer, Real Estate Research Associate, Fannie Mae Operations Examiner Trainee as well as a Mortgage Policy Examiner Trainee. She is passionate about ensuring fair and equal housing/homeownership opportunities for all.

She is responsible for providing housing policy support, analysis and compilation of housing data, supporting training and technical assistance activities, resourcing the development of Economic Inclusion Plans with a focus on housing policy, providing advisory services to State Conference clients, and providing support to the Housing Committee


Brea Govan

Brea Govan is a Washington native who has joined the Economics Department as the Outreach and Education Specialist. Previously she worked within DC Government in Workforce Development, focusing on economic opportunities for residents of Wards 5, 7, and 8. Brea has served positions within client and community relations and event planning. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Spanish from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and is currently studying Strategic Communications at American University in Washington, DC.

It is her duty to conduct outreach to NAACP State Conference leadership and membership to provide economic education; manages general communications and economic presence on social platforms; create and support economic curriculum for State Conference leaders and their constituents; and develop content for youth and college students.


Simbi Ntahobari

Simbi Ntahobari is the Executive Assistant for Economic Programs. She serves under the Sr. Director Economic Programs, Marvin Owens Jr., to maintain the administrative functions and operations of the Economic Department; assist in completing corporate partnership deliverables, prepare meeting materials, draft departmental reports and assist in planning financial literacy programming.