Dedrick Asante Muhammad is currently serving the NAACP as the Sr. Director of the Economic Department and Executive Director of the Financial Freedom Center. In 2011 the NAACP re-launched it’s economic department with a new headquarters in Washington DC, an enlarged staff, and new programmatic work focused on financial and economic education, fair lending, and diversity and inclusion efforts.
Dedrick’s past civil rights experience includes his time at Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network where he first worked as the National Crisis Coordinator and then as the National Field Director. Dedrick's professional work in economic equity began at United for a Fair Economy (UFE) where he was coordinator of the Racial Wealth Divide Project. While at UFE, Dedrick co-founded the State of the Dream report and has been a co-author of this annual report for five years. Pursuing his work in economic and racial equity Dedrick went on to the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) where he worked in the Inequality and Common Good Program, under the leadership of Chuck Collins. At IPS, he cofounded the "Race and Economy Forum" with the Economic Policy Institute's Algernon Austin. During this time, Dedrick also produced the reports "40 Years Later: The Unrealized American Dream" and "Challenges to Native American Advancement: The Recession and Native America".
Dedrick received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science from Williams College where he was awarded the Political Science Krouse Award and the William Bradford Turner Citizenship Prize. Dedrick went on to receive his Masters of Arts in Systematic Theology from Union Theological Seminary. While at Union Theological Seminary Dedrick was twice elected president of the student council.