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.
Prior to serving as Chief of Staff, Sims served as the NAACP’s Senior Director of Events Planning. In this role, Eris guided the planning, management and execution for a variety of NAACP meetings and events, including the organization’s national convention.
Prior to joining the NAACP team, Eris served as Executive Director of The Links, Incorporated and The Links Foundation, Incorporated. Eris provided strategic direction and was responsible for all aspects of the organization’s daily operations management including guiding membership services, meeting planning, marketing, programs, finance and grants and donor management.
Prior to being appointed to Executive Director, Eris served as the Director of Meetings for The Links, Incorporated where she planned and executed all of the organization’s national meetings including meetings in South Africa, Ghana, Liberia and meetings-at-sea.
Before joining The Links, Incorporated, Eris was employed as the Associate Director of Catering at Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia and as a Travel Director with Maritz Travel Company in Fenton, Missouri.
An influential leader in the association meetings and events industry, Eris has over 15 years of hospitality and meetings management experience and was named a 2016 recipient of Connect Magazine’s 40 under 40. She was also the 2013 Meeting Planner of the Year by the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners.
Eris currently serves as a member of the Philadelphia CVB Customer Advisory Board and the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners Board of Directors. She has also served as member of the MGM Hotels and Resorts Diversity Advisory Council and was a founding board member of the Association of Women in Events (AWE).
Eris holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. She is a member of The Links, Incorporated, the Cornell Hotel Society (CHS), the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE) and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA).