Economic Department Staff

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 has spent the majority of her career working in the civil rights arena. She has over twenty years of experience in policy analysis, effective federal and grassroots advocacy, programs, research and publications.

As the Economic Programs Manager for the NAACP Economic Department, she manages their programs through development, implementation and reporting. She is also responsible for economic policy and research. In that capacity, she analyses key economic policies and data, develops materials and provides technical assistance and training to NAACP Units.

Prior to joining the NAACP, she served as the Vice President & Chief of Staff at the National Urban League’s Washington Bureau. Lisa provided leadership and assistance to the staff and supervised the day-to-day management of the Bureau. She was responsible for overseeing staffing, funding proposals and grant requirements, legislative advocacy, research and policy.

Ms. Bland Malone is a graduate of Tufts University with a BA in Sociology and a concentration in Economics. She also attended the University of California Berkeley with coursework in public policy.


Jacquelyne D. Ward-Richardson

Jacquelyne D. Ward-Richardson, National Fair Housing Manager for the NAACP has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and has served the community regarding advocacy for economic equality for over 20 years. Her career has spanned the gamut from Mortgage Banker to Realtor with housing development and counseling certifications in between. She is a consummate professional in all areas regarding housing and serving underserved communities. She has served 2 Urban League Affiliates as their Vice President of Programs and Chief Operating Officer and 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 Policy arena. She is passionate about civil rights and creating economic parity for communities of color.