Senior Staff

Denese Carroll serves as Chief Operating Officer & Chief Technology Officer (COO/CTO).  In this role, Ms. Carroll is responsible for delivering measurable, cost-effective results that drive the mission and vision of the Association and increase organizational effectiveness.  In addition, the COO/CTO provides the vision and strategic leadership for the Association’s entire information technology function.

Janette McCarthy Louard joined the NAACP as the Deputy General Counsel in April 2017. Ms. Louard is a graduate of Wellesley College where she majored in English and graduated cum laude with Department Honors. She went on to attend Columbia Law School where she was a member of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Read more.

Tori O’Neal serves as the Chief of External Affairs. She is responsible for promoting the public image of the NAACP and advancing its financial sustainability. She has nearly three decades of executive-level experience in external affairs and organizational development with a broad range of nonprofit organizations. Read more. 

Patricia Pinchinat serves as Vice President over Human Resources & Deputy Chief Operating Officer. She has more than 15 years of experience in the human resources field, with a special expertise in nonprofit organizations, and has served the NAACP since 2013. Read more.

Yumeka Rushing serves as Chief Strategy OfficerAs CSO, Yumeka has primary responsibility for ACT-SO, Education, Criminal Justice, Health, Economics, Environmental Climate Justice, and the NextGen programs.  Her work will involve ensuring integration and strategy, aligned with the organizational direction, through all levels of the Association. Read more.

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. Read more.

Aba G. Blankson is Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Ms. Blankson oversees the NAACP’s internal and external communications plans for brand management, public relations, marketing, products and services. 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.

Paula Brown-Edmé is the Vice President of Training and Relationship Management. She works closely with the National Field Directors to develop and implement the field organizing curriculum while creating and implementing training modules for internal and external stakeholders including Unit leadership.

Antoine Holman serves as Vice President of Corporate Relations. In this role, Mr. Holman oversees fundraising strategies and development of current and prospective sponsors to secure fundraising goals.  He wears many hats which include overseeing policies, processes, and more. Read more.

Carmen Watkins leads the NAACP’s field operations department as Interim Vice President. She previously served as the NAACP’s regional director for the West and Southwest. As an advocate and champion for social change, Ms. Watkins continues to develop and nurture innovative programming and civil rights advocacy campaigns that meet the needs of the community. Read more.

Jamal R. Watkins serves as the Vice President of Civic Engagement for the NAACP, leading the Association’s efforts to maximize the African-American community’s participation and representation in our democracy. Read more.

Trovon C. Williams serves as Vice President of Marketing and Communications, leading the planning, development, and implementation of all the Association’s marketing and communications strategies, branding and public relations activities. Mr. Williams has over 14 years of experience leading award-winning marketing, communication and brand development strategies both domestically and internationally across the technology, higher education, and government industries. Read more.

Robin R. Harrison is the Interim Director of the NAACP Hollywood Bureau.

Lottie Joiner is the Editor-in-Chief of The Crisis magazine, the official publication of the NAACP. She is an award-winning journalist with more than two decades of experience covering social justice, civil rights, race and ethnicity. Prior to joining the staff of The Crisis, Ms. Joiner served as an associate editor for Emerge magazine and worked for the American School Board Journal, where she covered issues surrounding educational equity. Read more.

Tiffany Dena Loftin is the Director of the NAACP Youth & College Division. In this role, she serves more than 700 Youth Councils, High School Chapters, and College Chapters actively involved in the fight for civil rights. Ms. Loftin brings to the NAACP an extensive experience in and passion for membership-based organizing at the local, state, and national level. Read more.