In October 2017, the NAACP named Derrick Johnson President and CEO. Mr. Johnson formerly served as vice chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors as well as president for the NAACP Mississippi State Conference. Mr. Johnson is guiding the Association through a period of re-envisioning and reinvigoration. Mr. Johnson is a veteran activist who has previously provided legal, technical and training support for communities across the South.
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 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.
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. Previously, Mr. Owens oversaw the implementation of the National Urban League’s Empowerment Fund, a $127 million tax credit finance fund for small and minority businesses.
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.
Tiffany Dena Loftin is the Director of the NAACP Youth & College Division. In this role, she serves more than 700 Youth Councils, High School Chapters, and College Chapters actively involved in the fight for civil rights. Ms. Loftin brings to the NAACP an extensive experience in and passion for membership-based organizing at the local, state, and national level. Ms. Loftin was formerly the Senior Program Specialist in Community Advocacy and Partnership Engagement, Center for Social Justice at the National Education Association.
Robin R. Harrison is the Interim Director 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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