In October 2017, the NAACP named Derrick Johnson President and CEO. He is a veteran activist who has dedicated his career to defending the rights and improving the lives of Mississippians. President Johnson is frequently featured on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, and many others, advocating on behalf of the Black community and all those who are affected by systemic oppression and prejudice.
Mr. Shelton, Director of the NAACP’s Washington Bureau, is responsible for advocating the federal public policy issue agenda of the NAACP to the U.S. Government. Mr. Shelton’s government affairs portfolio includes crucial issues such as affirmative action, equal employment protection, access to quality education, stopping gun violence, ending racial profiling, abolition of the death penalty, access to comprehensive healthcare, voting rights protection, federal sentencing reform and a host of civil rights enforcement, expansion and protection issues.
Jamal R. Watkins serves as the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Advancement for the NAACP. Jamal previously served as the Vice President of Civic Engagement at the NAACP, leading the Association’s efforts to maximize the African-American community’s participation and representation in our democracy. Mr. Watkins held leadership positions in a number of organizations dedicated to community organizing and civil and human rights.
Jacqueline Patterson is the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Jacqui Patterson has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate, and activist working on women‘s rights, violence against women, HIV&AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice. She currently serves on the International Committee of the US Social Forum, the Steering Committee for Interfaith Moral Action on Climate, Advisory Board for Center for Earth Ethics as well as on the Boards of Directors for the Institute of the Black World, Center for Story-Based Strategy and the US Climate Action Network.
Dr. Marjorie Innocent leads the development and management of the NAACP’s policy and programmatic agenda to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes for African Americans and other communities of color in alignment with organizational strategy. She also collaborates with internal and external colleagues to advance public discourse about the intersection of health and other social issues impacting populations of color, including education, community development, and criminal justice.
Wisdom O. Cole is the Interim Director of the NAACP Youth & College Division. In this role, he serves more than 700 youth councils, high school chapters, and college chapters actively involved in the fight for civil rights. Mr. Cole brings extensive experience in civil rights advocacy training institute training, electoral action trainings, grassroots organizing, issues toolkits, and webinars at the local, state, and national level.
Robin R. Harrison is the Vice President of the NAACP Hollywood Bureau. She leads the organization’s media diversity work and is responsible for producing the prestigious NAACP Image Awards.
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