TIFFANY DENA LOFTIN
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. Her responsibilities focused around aligning NEA priorities with partners within the African-American and progressive communities and creating opportunities for critical dialogue and action addressing the racial and economic disparities that impact educators, students, and communities across the country.
Previously, she served as the Racial Justice Program Coordinator for the Civil, Human, and Women’s Rights Department, where she focused on creating opportunities for critical dialogue and action addressing the racial and economic disparities that impact workers across every sector. Ms. Loftin played a central role in guiding the work of the AFL-CIO Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice. Ms. Loftin has also worked at the American Federation of Teachers and served as President of the United States Student Association, where she coordinated the implementation of campaigns addressing national issues like student loan debt and the expansion of financial aid for low-income and students of color.
Ms. Loftin has been nationally recognized, appearing on TV One, Fox News, ABC, People’s World, National Public Radio, and Al Jazeera. A passionate advocate for the empowerment of communities of color, she was recently appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans in Higher Education.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Ms. Loftin attended the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she graduated with dual degrees in American Studies and Political Science in 2011.
WISDOM O. COLE
Wisdom Cole is the National Organizing Manager for the NAACP Youth and College Division. In this role, he supports youth and college workshops for civil rights advocacy training institute, electoral action trainings, grassroots organizing, issues toolkits and webinars.
Mr. Cole was previously a field and state conference organizer for the Afrikan Black Coalition (ABC), the largest Black collegiate organization in California. In 2014 he collaboratively organized the ABC conference that featured keynote speakers such as Marc Lamont Hill, Angela Davis, Bobby Seale, and Malcolm X’s eldest daughter Attallah Shabazz. For this effort he received the Chancellor’s Achievement Award for Diversity in recognition for outstanding contributions to furthering diversity, inclusion, and excellence at UC Santa Cruz.
Mr. Cole is a Class of 2015 University of California, Santa Cruz Alumni from Oakes College. He majored in Chemistry with a minor in STEM Education. As a student organizer, Mr. Cole held multiple student positions such as a Neighborhood Assistant for Biko House at Oakes College as well as a Residential Assistant at Stevenson College in the Rosa Parks African American Themed House. In addition, Mr. Cole was very active in the Black Student Organizing spaces such as the African Black Student Alliance (A/BSA), African Student Union (ASU), and the Black Experience Team (BET).
Mr. Cole is also coming from a background as a high school math and science educator. For the past three years, Mr. Cole has worked with San Francisco youth at June Jordan School for Equity in the Excelsior district creating math and science experience-based curriculum to teach students about community organizing. In addition to teaching math and science, Mr. Cole taught and advised student-led courses and groups for young African American men and women where they would affirm their identities through cultural exploration.
QUINCY A. BATES
Quincy Bates is the National Manager for the NAACP Youth and College Division. In this role, he manages field tracking, strength and growth, manages the leadership development pipeline for new and current students and units, and manages the implementation of local and state campaigns. A native of Houston, TX he studied Education at Texas Southern University and was an instructor at St. Christopher’s Catholic School. Prior to joining the Youth and College Division, Quincy came to the Association in 2012 as a Field Regional Organizer for Region 6.