TIFFANY DENA LOFTIN
Tiffany Dena Loftin is the Director of the NAACP Youth & College Division. Her mission is to identify, develop and organize young Black leaders everywhere who care about racial, social, and economic justice. There are over 340 middle, high school, and college autonomous units in good standing who constantly recruit new members and organize local and national campaigns like ending mass incarceration and ending gun violence, college affordability, and election and voting rights.
Ms. Loftin has a five-year national background in labor union organizing working in DC at the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO. Tiffany’s first job out of college was the Vice President and then President of the United States Student Association where she coordinated a college affordability campaign to break contacts between the Department of Education and student loan profiters like Sallie Mae, she also coordinated a national electoral campaign which registered over 150,000 young voters in 2012.
Ms. Loftin has been nationally recognized, appearing on TV One, Fox News, ABC, People’s World, National Public Radio, and Al Jazeera. A passionate organizer for the empowerment of communities of color, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans in Higher Education.
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 MarcLamont 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 BlackStudent 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 and empowerment. In addition to teaching math and science, Mr. Cole has taught and advised student-led courses and groups for young African American men and women where they would affirm their identities through cultural exploration.
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.