NAACP Senior Staff

  • Claudia Withers is the Chief Operating Officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In that role, she is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Association. Read more.
  • Bradford Berry was selected as General Counsel of the NAACP in June 2015.  He is a proud product of the public school system in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended college at The George Washington University, where he majored in Economics and was elected both to Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society. Read more.
  • Samuel Gaillard is the Chief Financial Officer for the NAACP and brings more than twenty-five years of accounting, auditing, and tax experience with non-profit organizations. Read more.
  • Virgil Ecton, CFRE, is the Executive Vice President, Development for the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), where he is responsible for fostering a culture of philanthropy within the organization. Read more.
  • Aba Blankson is Vice President of Communications and Digital Media. Aba Blankson oversees the NAACP’s internal and external communications plans for brand management, public engagement, social media presence, and media relations. Read more.
  • Hilary O. Shelton is the Senior Vice President for Advocacy for the NAACP where he directs the NAACP Washington Bureau. Mr. Shelton has more than 20 years of experience in government relations and federal advocacy. Prior to serving as director to the NAACP Washington Bureau, Mr. Shelton served in a number of leadership capacities for leading civil and human rights organizations. Read more.
  • Kia Pearson is the Chief of Staff at the NAACP.  Prior to her current tenure, she served in other senior staff positions including the following: Vice President of Executive Operations at the NAACP.  Read more.
  • Eris T. Sims is the Sr. Director of Events Planning for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In this role, Eris is responsible for the planning, management and execution for a variety of NAACP meetings and events. Read more.
  •  Paula Brown-Edmé, December 2015, Mrs. Edmé was appointed Vice President, of NAACP Field Operations. Read more.
  • Andrea Brown Gee, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships.