Economic Programs Staff
Dedrick Muhammad is the Senior Director of Economic Programs for the NAACP and Executive Director of the Financial Freedom Center. As Senior Director, Mr. Muhammad's responsibilities include the totality of work coming from the NAACP Economic Department, overseeing the Financial Freedom Center as well as leading the NAACP Economic Department in meeting the great economic challenges faced by the nation.
Lillian D. Bowie
Lillian Bowie is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the NAACP. As Director of Strategic Partnerships, Ms. Bowie's responsibilities include working in the areas of economic equality and education by cultivating strategic partnerships to provide valuable resources to communities suffering from the current mortgage crisis and providing research insights to help the unemployed.
Mjiba Frehiwot, MSW, Ph.D.
Mjiba Frehiwot, MSW, Ph.D. is the Director of Education and Training for the NAACP. As Director of Education and Training, Ms. Frehiwot's responsibilities include coordinating the national Economic Education Strategy. This includes managing our Financial Freedom Campaign which is comprised of 21 units, coordinating the Economic Departments presence at State Conference and Regional Conventions and coordinating all curriculum creation, resources guides and tool kits and the implementation of these tools. Additionally, Dr. Frehiwot is the primary liaison between the Economic Department and our Unit leadership.
Charles R. Lowery, Jr.
Charles R. Lowery, Jr. is the Director of Fair Lending and Inclusion for the NAACP. As Director of Fair Lending and Inclusion, Mr. Lowery's responsibilities include working on consumer financial services issues such as predatory lending and asset building; monitoring the activities of financial institutions which have signed on the NAACP Responsible Mortgage Lending Principles; and working with NAACP units on consumer finance advocacy campaigns.
Jason Richardson is the Fair Lending Specialist for the NAACP. In this position, Mr. Richardson works exclusively with local units with specialized support in the area of foreclosure, lending, research, and public policy. He also implements outreach and monitors developments in academic literature and public policy with implications on the fair and equitable distribution of credit.
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.
Nicole E. Kenney
Nicole E. Kenney is the Communications Associate for the NAACP Economic Department. Ms. Kenney manages the Department's communications including publications, communications operations and online presence to advance the Department’s advocacy strategies at the national, regional and local levels.
Heather is the Executive Assistant to the Senior Director of Economic Programs & Coordinator of the NAACP Financial Freedom Center. She is from Alexandria, Virginia and has a Bachelor's degree in International Politics from the Pennsylvania State University.
Economic Field Fellows
Devoure Jackson is by way of Howard University from Houston, TX. He is the first of his siblings to earn a degree. Earning a dual degree in Economics & Political Science. Devoure has an interest in banking & finance and how the allocation of resources are distributed.
Deborah S. Anderson
Deborah Stewart Anderson has joined NAACP as its Economic Education Field Fellow-Region 3. In this role, Deborah will assist with the implementation of educational campaigns and strategies on economic issues and implementing training curricula for adults and youth in the priority areas of the NAACP Economic Department. Deborah obtained her Master of Education, Instructional Design and Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degrees from Wayne State University and has experience as the Civic Engagement Local Organizer for NAACP Detroit.
Ebele Ifedigbo has joined NAACP as its Fair Lending Field Fellow-Region 2. In this role, Ebele will assist with the implementation of educational campaigns and strategies on economic issues and implementing training curricula for adults and youth in the priority areas of the NAACP Economic Department. In addition, Ebele will assist the Regional Director with campaigns, newsletters, and correspondence between state conferences.