WISDOM O. COLE
Wisdom O. Cole is the Interim National 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. Wisdom brings extensive experience in civil rights advocacy training institute, electoral action trainings, grassroots organizing, issues toolkits, and webinars at the local, state, and national level. He has managed national campaign efforts focused on building Black political power through youth leadership development, advocacy, and direct action organizing for the past 3 years with the NAACP, formerly as the National Campaigns & Training Manager.
In his time at the NAACP, he has worked on campaigns around the cancelation of student debt, removing police from schools, as well as increasing voter access for young Black people. He has been featured on NPR, VICE, NBC Washington News, Brooking Institute, and The Economist as an advocate for Black youth voter turnout through issue-based campaign organizing. In 2020 he was named one of Complex Life’s 32 young activists who are changing the world.
Wisdom 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 Afrikan Black Coalition conference that featured keynote speakers such as Marc Lamont Hill, Angela Davis, Bobby Seale, and 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.
Wisdom grew up in California where he earned a B. A. in Chemistry, with a minor in STEM Education, from UC Santa Cruz as well as a M. A. in Teaching from the University of San Francisco.
DERRICK LEWIS II
Derrick Lewis II is a National Field Organizer for the NAACP Youth and College Division. He works with units on the ground across the country to build membership, organize the leadership, and build political power.
Derrick Lewis II is a native of La Marque, Texas and a recent graduate of the prestigious Huston-Tillotson University, where he received a B.A. in Kinesiology; with a concentration in Human Performance graduating Cum Laude. Though his educational background is in health and wellness Mr. Lewis has always had a passion for civic engagement. In his efforts, Lewis left his mark in Austin as an NAACP President at his University (69AA), and his heart to serve. Mr. Lewis is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
With his effective leadership style, Derrick received his own proclaimed day in the city of Austin (August 9) by Mayor Steve Adler. Followed by a host of other accolades such as NAACP Youth and College Region 6 Organizer of the Year, Texas State NAACPOutstanding Leadership award, Huston-Tillotson University I.D.E.A.L Leadership award, and 2x Student Leader of the Year. During the fall, Lewis Interned for Mayor Steve Adler’s office and was certified as an engagement trainer for the NAACP, where he hosted trainings across the state of Texas. Derrick has a transpiring personality and is resilient in promoting awareness in his passion for justice. Derrick Lewis is a true believer of God and lives by the quote, “I Can, I Will, I Must.”
RUSSELL BOYD II
Russell Boyd II is a National Field Organizer for the NAACP Youth and College Division. He works within the Youth and College field across the country to increase membership, organize young leaders, and build collective power. Before joining the Youth and College Division, Mr. Boyd was heavily involved in his college NAACP chapter where he focused heavily on immigration and civic engagement.
Russell Boyd II lives in DC but joins us from the great state of Texas! Russell is a true NAACPer, former Vice-President, Political Chair, and Convention Volunteer. Russell understands grassroots organizing, trainings, and leadership empowerment. We’re so excited to add Russell to the team as a talented addition to the movement for young Black lives. Also, he has a special passion for plants and community care.