Economic Department Staff

Marvin Owens Jr.

Senior Director of the NAACP Economic Department. 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. Mr. Owens also served as Vice President for Economic Empowerment at the National Urban League (NUL) where he managed all aspects of NUL’s corporate, foundation, and government relationships with speci c focus on af liate economic development activities, small business development, and nance. Mr. Owens oversaw implementation of the National Urban League’s Empowerment Fund, a $127 million tax credit nance fund for small and minority businesses. Mr. Owens is also an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Rev. Owens earned his BA in Religion from Jarvis Christian College, Hawkins,Texas and, and his MDiv from Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Dawn Chase

Dawn Chase is the Manager of Diversity and Inclusion at the NAACP. As the Manager of Diversity and Inclusion, Ms. Chase’s responsibilities include cultivating partnerships and programs that create opportunity for enhancing the economic stability of people of color. She is also responsible for managing over fifty corporate partnerships that support our corporate fairness and diversity initiative. Read Ms. Chase’s full bio here.

Bethlehem “Betty” Aynalem

Bethlehem “Betty” Aynalem is the Economic Program Specialist for the NAACP National Economic Department. Ms. Aynalem works to increase the economic capacity of NAACP units through the creation and further development of economic education curriculum through conducting research and analysis on economic issues (e.g. systemic racial economic disparities, foreclosure, credit, studentoans etc.). Ms. Aynalem is reponsible for writing and editing projects for the purposes of opinion-editorials, blogs, social media posts and most importantly the quarterly Economic Department publication known as The Angle to which she serves as editor. Read Ms. Aynalem’s full bio here.