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 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.


Latika Wesley

Latika Wesley has spent most of her career working in the housing industry. Since receiving her bachelor’s degree in Finance from Howard University, she has served as a Mortgage Foreclosure Reviewer, Real Estate Research Associate, Fannie Mae Operations Examiner Trainee, Mortgage Policy Examiner Trainee as well as a Real Estate Development Associate. She is passionate about ensuring fair and equal housing/homeownership opportunities for all.

As the Economic Department’s Housing Policy Specialist, she is responsible for providing housing policy support, analysis and compilation of housing data, supporting training and technical assistance activities, providing advisory services to State Conference clients, and providing support to the Housing Committee.


Brea Govan

Brea Govan has spent the majority of her career within economics, entwining her communications background in both public and private sectors focusing on community relations, events programming, and workforce development.

In her role as the Education and Outreach Specialist, Brea manages the Economic Department’s communication presence on traditional and social media, creates economic education programs for NAACP State Conference leadership and membership, and develops economic-based content for NAACP Youth and College membership.

Brea holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising and Spanish from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, and a Master of Arts in Strategic Communications from American University in Washington, DC. She serves as Young Alumni Chair for Temple University Alumni Association, Greater Washington Chapter and Membership Chair for American University’s Black Alumni Alliance.