Board Member: Alice A. Huffman

Alice A. Huffman began her tenure as President of the California NAACP January 2000. Under her leadership, the organization has accelerated into one of the most sought after organizations in California’s policy arena. The State NAACP office is in downtown Sacramento two blocks from the state Capitol. She employs a small staff to advocate on key civil rights issues. She believes that the NAACP is the constant voice for low income African Americans and students trapped in low performing schools or the criminal justice system. She is a member of the National Board of Directors of the NAACP.

Huffman is President, and CEO of her consulting firm A.C. Public Affairs, Inc. (ACPA). ACPA is a California Corporation specializing in initiative campaigns, strategic public policy issues and grass roots organizing. ACPA founded in 1988 can proudly boast of many distinguished national and state clients.

Huffman is a member of the newly elected Attorney General’s transition team. She is also assisting the Governor in appointments in his new administration. In 2010 she was appointed to University of California President’s Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture, & Inclusion. Huffman is an appointee of Governor Swarzenegger’s to the State Parks and Recreation Commission and the California Complete Count Committee for the 2010 Census. She serves on the Board of the Center for Democratic Participation; is a member of the California Democratic Party Executive Committee; and a member of the Democratic National Committee.

Huffman, a high school dropout, was admitted to UC Berkeley as an EOP student from which she graduated in 2 ½ years with honors in Social and Cultural Anthropology. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

She did extensive graduate work in University of Pennsylvania, U.C. Berkeley and USC. She believes learning is a lifelong process.

She has many distinguished awards. The most recent received in 2009-10, were the CA Legislative Black Caucus Heritage and Legends Award; the Grand Marshall California Black Media; The National NAACP Thalheimer Award; and will receive from Instituto Laboral de la Raza in February, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Civil Rights Leader Award.

Huffman devotes a significant amount of her time to the NAACP specializing in organizational development and leadership training. She enjoys outstanding relations with the NAACP local, community, state and national leaders.

Huffman has been a resident of Sacramento for 38 years and after the passing of her late husband in 2005 lives alone with her Yorkie, Lishous.