Senior Staff

Aba G. Blankson is Chief Marketing and Communications Officer. Ms. Blankson oversees the NAACP’s internal and external communications plans for brand management, public relations, marketing, products and services. Read more.

Denese Carroll serves as Chief Operating Officer & Chief Technology Officer (COO/CTO).  In this role, Ms. Carroll is responsible for delivering measurable, cost-effective results that drive the mission and vision of the Association and increase organizational effectiveness.  In addition, the COO/CTO provides the vision and strategic leadership for the Association’s entire information technology function.

Junko Kobayashi is the Interim Chief Financial Officer for the Finance Department. She oversees all accounting and finance functions, while providing strategic recommendations that ensures all financial solutions, positively support the NAACP’s evolving strategy, vision and mission. Read more.

Yumeka Rushing serves as Chief Strategy OfficerAs CSO, Yumeka has primary responsibility for ACT-SO, Education, Criminal Justice, Health, Economics, Environmental Climate Justice, and the NextGen programs.  Her work will involve ensuring integration and strategy, aligned with the organizational direction, through all levels of the Association. Read more.

Eris T. Sims is the Chief of Staff for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In this role, Ms. Sims oversees the day-to-day activities of the Executive Office and supports the president and CEO in the areas of external positioning, executive reporting and strategy. Read more.

Janette McCarthy Wallace is the Interim General Counsel in the NAACP Legal Department. Ms. Wallace joined the NAACP as the Deputy General Counsel in April 2017. Ms. Wallace is a graduate of Wellesley College where she majored in English and graduated cum laude with Department Honors. She went on to attend Columbia Law School where she was a member of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Read more.

Kyle Bowser is the Senior Vice President of the NAACP Hollywood Bureau. In this capacity, Mr. Bowser is responsible for advancing NAACP’s Hollywood projects, relationships, and overseeing NAACP’s Image Awards production. Kyle Bowser has worked as an entertainment industry executive. His experience spans film, television, music, theater, radio, and digital media. Read more.

Hilary O. Shelton is the Director of the NAACP Washington Bureau and Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy. Mr. Shelton has more than 20 years of experience in government relations and federal advocacy. Prior to serving as director to the NAACP Washington Bureau, Mr. Shelton served in a number of leadership capacities for leading civil and human rights organizations. Read more.

Jamal R. Watkins serves as the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Advancement for the NAACP. Previously, Jamal led the Association’s efforts to maximize the African-American community’s participation and representation in our democracy as the Vice President of Civic Engagement. Read more.

Carmen Watkins leads the NAACP’s field operations department as Senior Vice President of Membership Growth and Unit Sustainability. She previously served as the NAACP’s regional director for the West and Southwest. As an advocate and champion for social change, Ms. Watkins continues to develop and nurture innovative programming and civil rights advocacy campaigns that meet the needs of the community. Read more.

Trovon C. Williams serves as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, leading the planning, development, and implementation of all the Association’s marketing and communications strategies, branding and public relations activities. Mr. Williams has over 14 years of experience leading award-winning marketing, communication and brand development strategies both domestically and internationally across the technology, higher education, and government industries. Read more.

Antoine Holman serves as Vice President of Corporate Relations. In this role, Mr. Holman oversees fundraising strategies and development of current and prospective sponsors to secure fundraising goals.  He wears many hats which include overseeing policies, processes, and more. Read more.

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.

John Jackson is the Vice President of Major Gifts. His role focuses on the relationships of donations coming from private entities and individuals. He leads the efforts in developing donor relationships and stewardship surrounding individual giving and institutions, ensuring that the Association adheres to the purpose of the major gift.

Amber Thomas is the Vice President of Effectiveness and Improvements in Operations. She leads the NAACP operations team while focusing on internal policies and procedures. She also leads the team of holistic project management, helping to push the Association’s projects forward through internal partnerships.

Dominik Whitehead is the Vice President of Campaigns. In this role, he helps lead and strengthen efforts in strategic campaigns at the local and state levels while engaging with field and constituent services to observe data and provide insight for membership operations.

Bryan Williams is the Interim Vice President of People and Culture. In this role, he helps lead the culture and engagement of the association, helping to address employee needs as it relates to the essential components such as acquiring talents, rewards, benefits, supporting chiefs with their initiatives and operations.

Wisdom O. Cole is the Interim Director for NAACP Youth & College. 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. Read more.