The NAACP Next Generation (NEXTGEN) Program is a 12-month leadership development training program for young adult NAACP members between the ages of 21 and 35. Our 2018 NEXTGEN Program graduates include young professionals from 29 different states encompassing diverse educational, professional and social justice backgrounds. NEXTGEN participants complete a rigorous training program, including classroom trainings, webinar trainings, case studies, group assignments and special projects on leadership fundamentals, political action, economic empowerment, criminal justice, environmental justice, health advocacy, budgeting, fundraising, technology and direct action. NEXTGEN participants are civically engaged young professionals committed to equality and social justice.
Jeridel Banks is the Young Adults Chair of the North San Diego County NAACP Branch in California. Jeridel is the Owner of Black Bear Press a design and creative consulting business. Jeridel Banks works for MiraCosta College. Jeridel previously worked as a teacher in Japan for five years. Jeridel is a graduate of the San Diego State University with her B.A. degree in Physical Therapy and Fine Arts.
Kailin Scott is a member of the Riverside NAACP Branch in California. Kailin works as a Marketing Specialist at Riverside City College. Kailin also works as an Adjunct Business Instructor at Riverside City College. Kailin is a graduate of California Baptist University with a B.A. degree in Communications, Sociology and a concentration in Diversity. Kailin graduated with her M.B.A. degree from La Sierra University.
Roquel Crutcher has recently relocated to Los Angeles, CA from Washington, DC. Roquel Crutcher previously served as the Young Adults Chair of the Washington, DC NAACP Branch. Roquel previously served as President of the American University College Chapter. Roquel Crutcher previously worked for KIPP Foundation as a Government Affairs and Policy Associate managing Congressional outreach, project management, strategic planning and stakeholder engagement for educational equity. Roquel Crutcher is a graduate of American University with her Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Legal Studies, Economics & Government.
Julie M. Jones
Julie Jones is the Young Adults Chair of the Stamford NAACP Branch in Connecticut. Julie currently serves on the NAACP National Environmental Climate Justice Committee. Julie previously served on the NAACP National Youth Work Committee. Julie works as a Marketing Manager and owns a Music, Media, and Sports Entertainment Consulting Agency. Julie Jones is pursuing her MBA and JD at the University of Connecticut. Julie Jones is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Brittany Calloway serves on the NAACP National Youth Works Committee. Brittany Calloway served as the Second Vice President and Youth Works Chair of the Washington, DC NAACP Branch. Brittney Calloway has previously served as Freedom Fund Chair managing corporate relations and exceeding projected fundraising goals. In addition, Ms. Calloway served as the President of The College of William & Mary NAACP College Chapter. Brittney Calloway currently owns a Real Estate Investment Company specializing in residential redevelopment. Brittney Calloway is a graduate of The College of William & Mary with a Bachelor’s degree in English, a Master’s degree in Education from George Mason University and her MBA from Duke University
Carmel Henry is the Third Vice President of the Washington, DC NAACP Branch. Carmel Henry previously served as the Women In NAACP (WIN) Chair for the NAACP DC Branch. Carmel previously served as the Political Action Co-Chair and Religious Affairs Co-Chair for the NAACP DC Branch, where she led voter registration, GOTV and civic engagement projects. Carmel works as a Social Studies Teacher for DC Public Schools. She previously worked as a teacher for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Carmel is a graduate of the University of Miami with her B.A. degree in Political Science and Secondary Education and her Juris Doctor degree from Howard University School of Law.
Rikki O’Reilly Jones
Rikki O’Reilly Jones is the Treasurer of the Washington, DC NAACP Branch. Rikki previously served as the Advisor of the NAACP DC Youth Council, responsible for reactivating the youth council and conducting trainings for over 100 youth members between the ages of 5 and 17. She previously served as the Criminal Justice Chair for the NAACP DC Branch where she led anti-gun violence and criminal justice reform mobilizations. Rikki currently works as an Investment Officer at the U.S. Small Business Administration underwriting license applications for prospective Small Business Investment Companies. Rikki is a graduate of Hood College with a BA in French, Communications, and a Minor in African Studies. She also holds an MBA from the University of Maryland.
Solomon Waller is the Labor Chair of the Washington, DC NAACP Branch. Solomon developed a plan to increase local fundraising through grants. Solomon Waller implemented membership outreach efforts in Ward 7 and 8 of Washington, DC.
In the Washington, DC NAACP Branch, Solomon Waller developed a GOTV Action Plan to register 10% of the unregistered voters in DC. Solomon Waller works as a Legal Editor for Iron Mountain. Solomon graduated with a B.A. from Tuskegee University and Juris Doctorate from University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law.
Valerie Cambridge is the Freedom Fund Chair of the Seminole County NAACP Branch in Florida. Valerie currently works as a Commercial Surety Underwriter. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in American Sign Language. Valerie is an active volunteer in her community and is also appointed as a Volusia County Delegate.
Daniella Pierre is the Third Vice President of the Miami Dade NAACP Branch in Florida. Danielle Pierre previously served as the Housing Chairperson of the Miami Dade NAACP Branch. Daniella Pierre is an Academic and Career Advisor at Miami Dade College. Daniella is also a Columnist for The Miami Times, South Florida’s oldest and largest Black-owned newspaper. Daniella was named one of South Florida’s Top 25 Black Educators and recognized as a Top 40 under 40 by Legacy Magazine. She holds a Master’s degree from Florida International University in Human Resource Management.
Dr. Vanessa Toolsie is an At-Large Executive Committee Member of the Alachua County NAACP Branch. Dr. Toolsie previously served on the Young Adults Committee of the NAACP Orange County Branch in Florida. In the Alachua County NAACP Branch, Dr. Toolsie supports the reactivation of the University of Florida NAACP College Chapter. In addition, Dr. Toolsie is a member of the “Souls to the Polls” Committee, which implements GOTV voter mobilization efforts on Election Day. As an LGBTQ ally, Dr. Toolsie collaborated with Equality Florida’s Director of Transgender Equality to propose implementing LGBTQ Healthcare Competency Training at Health First Hospitals. She currently works as a Hospital Clinical Pharmacist. Dr. Toolsie graduated with a Biological Sciences degree from Florida Atlantic University, and both Business Management and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from University of Florida.
Kiara Blue served as Political Action Chair of the Jacksonville State NAACP College Chapter. Kiara is a member of the Birmingham NAACP Branch in Alabama. Kiara currently works as a Media Marketing professional. She has previously worked for Turner Broadcasting for Turner Classic Movies enterprises and strategic partnerships. Kiara graduated from Jacksonville State University with her Bachelor’s degree in Communications and her Master’s degree in Emergency Management. Kiara is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Rev. James “Major” Woodall is the First Vice President of the Bulloch County Branch in Georgia. Rev. Woodall is an Associate Minister at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia, leading the Civic Engagement ministry there. James was elected to the State Committee of the Democratic Party of Georgia and was elected as State Vice President of the Georgia Clients Council. “Major” Woodall is a 6-year veteran of the U.S. Army. He serves as Legislative Aide to State Representative Miriam Paris [GA-HD142]. James is currently enrolled at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), pursuing a Master’s of Divinity from the Morehouse School of Religion. James is an alumnus of Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Religious Studies.
Jonathan Jackson is Youth Works Chair of the Southside Chicago NAACP Branch in Illinois. Jonathan serves as a Chill Instructor for the Southside Chicago Branch, certified to de-escalate potential crisis situations. Jonathan currently works as a Marketing Representative for Direct Selling News Global 100. Jonathan previously performed Social Media Marketing and Analytic for the Chicago Community Trust. Jonathan volunteers to feed the homeless at Lebanon Baptist Church. Jonathan graduated from DeVry with his degree in Network Systems Administration.
Roy Mazuchowski is the First Vice President of the Carbondale NAACP Branch in Illinois. Roy Mazuchowski developed a GOTV Action Plan to register 409 new voters mobilizing a team of 20 volunteers to perform phone banking and door-to-door canvassing GOTV efforts. Roy Mazuchowski is the Owner of Royalty Tax Services which provides tax return filing and preparation services. Roy Mazuchowski graduated for Southern Illinois University Carbondale with his Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems.
Jessica Thomas is an At-Large Executive Committee Member of the Peoria NAACP Branch in Illinois, where she services on the Political Action Committee leading voter registration and GOTV efforts. Jessica Thomas made history in the 2018 midterm election by being the first African American to be elected to a County-wide seat in Peoria County. Jessica Thomas currently works as the Peoria County Auditor. Jessica is an active volunteer with the Girl Scouts of America. Jessica is a graduate of Grambling State University with her B.S. in Accounting and her M.B.A. from Kaplan University. Jessica is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Ellis Gabriel Dumas III
Ellis G. Dumas III is the Freedom Fund Chair of the Gary NAACP Branch in Indiana. Ellis previously served as co-chair for the Life Membership Banquet. Ellis currently works the Regional Manager for the second largest region with the Indiana Department of Child Services. Ellis is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington with a dual degree in Criminal Justice and African Diaspora Studies. In 2012, Ellis graduated with his MBA in Executive Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. Ellis is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
Kameron Middlebrooks is the President of the Des Moines NAACP Branch in Iowa. Kameron Middlebrooks previously served as a Youth Member of NAACP National Board of Directors where he served as Vice Chair of the Convention Planning Committee. Kameron Middlebrooks currently works as a Minority Business Coordinator for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, managing business development, economic development, and strategic partnerships. Kameron previously worked for the NAACP as the Midwestern Regional Director organizing a voter registration campaign registering over 15,000 voters. Kameron Middlebrooks is pursuing his B.S. degree in Business Administration and Management from Grand View University in Des Moines, IA.
Corbin Snardon is the Second Vice President of the Paducah-McCracken County NAACP Branch in Kentucky. Corbin previously served as Education Chair for the Paducah Branch. Corbin Snardon currently works as a Title I Counselor for Paducah Public Schools responsible for implementing programs to increase minority students in advance placement courses. Corbin Snardon previously worked as a 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher for Paducah Public Schools. Corbin graduated with his B.S. degree from Western Kentucky University and his M.S. degree from Murray State University.
Leigh-Ann Williams is a member of the New Orleans Westbank NAACP Branch in Louisiana. Leigh-Ann Williams is the Founder of the LeighWilli Foundation focused on bringing awareness to chronic kidney disease in minority communities. Leigh-Ann is also the owner of L. Williams Professional Services Co, LLC, which provides leadership development presentations, workshop trainings, professional development and consultation services. Leigh-Ann Williams graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) with a B.S. in Toxicology with minors in Biology and Chemistry and graduated from the University of Florida with her Master’s in Pharmacy with a concentration in Clinical Toxicology. Leigh-Ann is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Epidemiology with a focus on chronic disease epidemiology at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Leigh-Ann Williams is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Yanet Amanuel is the Young Adults Chair of the Prince George’s County NAACP Branch in Maryland. In addition, Yanet Amanuel serves on the 2020 Census Committee for the PG NAACP Branch. Yanet was previously an active member of the University of Maryland College Park NAACP College Chapter where she combated on-campus racial bias and advocated for increased mental health support. Yanet Amanuel currently works as Chief of Staff and Legislative Aide to Delegate Angela Angel of the 25th District of Prince George’s County Maryland. Yanet Amanuel is a graduate of University of Maryland College Park with her B.A. degree in Sociology.
Najee Bailey is an Executive Committee Member of the Howard County NAACP Branch in Maryland.
Najee currently works as District Aide for Howard County Councilman Calvin Ball advocating for minority businesses, human rights and immigration reform. Najee was elected to the Howard County Democratic Central Committee and was the youngest male ever elected to serve on this committee.
Najee graduated from Salisbury University with a B.A. in International Relations and a minor in Political Science.
Charnell Ferguson is the President of the Maryland State NAACP Youth & College Division and the Past President of the Bowie State NAACP College Chapter. Charnell is a member of the Prince George’s County NAACP Branch. Charnell Ferguson was a Congressional Black Caucus Emerging Leader Fellow and interned for Congressman John Conyers of Michigan’s 13th Congressional District. Charnell founded Diamond Foundation, Inc., which is a non-profit committed to building self-esteem and combating depression among youth. Charnell is a graduate of Bowie State University with a B.S in Business Management. Charnell is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Dr. Seema Kazmi is Legal Redress Chair of the Cecil County NAACP Branch in Maryland. Dr. Kazmi serves on the Cecil County NAACP Health Committee implementing programs around maternal health, gestational diabetes, and infant mortality. Dr. Kazmi is a Licensed Pharmacist and currently works as a Field Reimbursement Manager evaluating payer policies for specialty drugs and biologics for treating rare genetic disorders. Seema graduated from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia with her Doctorate in Pharmacy.
Zane T. Crute is the President of the Mystic Valley Area NAACP Branch in Massachusetts and Assistant Secretary of the New England Area State Conference. Zane previously served as the Vice President of the Boston College NAACP Chapter. Zane currently works as an Analyst at JP Morgan Chase and previously worked as a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley. Zane graduated from Boston College with his B.S. in Finance and Marketing. Zane is currently pursuing his MBA at Boston University.
Ayanna Polk recently relocated to Boston, MA from New Jersey. Ayanna Polk served as the Youth Works Chair for the New Jersey NAACP State Conference and previously served as Assistant Treasurer and Secretary of the Mainland-Pleasantville NAACP Branch. Ayanna previously served as President, Education Chair and Vice President of the Stockton University NAACP College Chapter. Ayanna has extensive experience in the Financial Services industry, spearheading her commitment to the NAACP’s work around economic empowerment and advocating for financial literacy. Ayanna graduated from Stockton University with a B.A. in Literature. Ayanna is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Maya Saunders is a member of the Boston NAACP Branch, where she has previously helped coordinate the Boston NAACP Branch Freedom Fund Banquet. Maya has a public health background and previously served as President of The Community Based Public Health Caucus, a branch of the American Public Health Association. Maya currently works for the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers as the Coordinator of Government Affairs & Public Policy. Maya tracks state and national health policies, regulations and legislation. She is also responsible for the company newsletter. Maya is a graduate of Salve Regina University and has a B.S.N. degree.
Tami Rey is the Secretary of the Kalamazoo NAACP Branch in Michigan. Tami currently works as Executive Director of Gurlz of Color: Set 4 Life, which is an after-school program for marginalized middle-school and high-school girls of color. Tami also works as the Youth Program Director of one of Kalamazoo’s largest Community Associations. Tami previously worked as the Neighborhood Networks Center Director of a large low-income housing project, where she managed financial literacy and life coaching programs. Tami is a graduate of Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
Leslie Redmond is the President of the Minneapolis NAACP Branch in Minnesota. Leslie Redmond youngest person to serve as President in the history of the Minneapolis Branch. Leslie Redmond previously served as Vice President and Education Chair for the Minneapolis Branch. Leslie is committed to fighting for criminal justice reform and education. Leslie fought on the front lines after the unjust killings of Jamar Clark, Philando Castile, and Justine Damond. Leslie is a native of Washington, DC. Leslie graduated from Barry’s University with her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and African studies. Leslie Redmond is pursuing her Juris Doctorate and MBA from the University of St. Thomas.
Classie Dudley is a member of the Duluth NAACP Branch in Minnesota. Classie currently owns and operates a Homeless Shelter housing up to 50 homeless men and women monthly in St. Louis County. Classie was elected as an Outreach Officer and Affirmative Action Officer on the Senate District Seven Board, as the youngest and only person of color elected to serve on the Board.
Trey Chinn is the President of the Laurel Jones County NAACP Branch in Mississippi. Trey serves as a Deputy Commissioner with the Jones County Soil and Water Commission. Trey serves as the National Second Vice President of the National Oak Park High School Alumni Association. Trey is a former Laurel City Councilman through which he supported Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) through the Outdoor Classroom and Garden. Trey is a graduate of Wabash College with his degree in Rhetoric and Political Science.
Jhai Keeton is a member of the Jackson County-Moss Point NAACP Branch. Jhai Keeton currently works as a Finance Manager at Steps Coalition, where he oversees all fiscal affairs, budget development, and payroll. Over his career, Jhai has worked for Bank of New York Mellon, the U.S. Department of Treasury, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Jhai is a graduate of the Mississippi Black Leadership Institute (MBLI) under the leadership then, of our NAACP National President/CEO, Derrick Johnson. Jhai graduated from Jackson State University earning his degree in Accounting. In 2016, Jhai was recognized as one of Mississippi’s Top 50 Under 40 by the Mississippi Business Journal.
Claret Nnedi Stephens is an At Large Executive Committee Member of the Reno Sparks NAACP Branch in Nevada. Claret developed a GOTV Action Plan to register 5% of the unregistered voters by mobilizing 50 volunteers to register new voters. Claret Stephens works for the Nevada State Senate as a Legislative Assistant and Committee Manager. Claret Stephens attends the University of Nevada Reno pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and Spanish.
Ashton Burrell is an At Large Executive Committee Member. He works for Zone 6 Teen Center as a Director. He serves as the Chairman of the State of New Jersey Human Relations Council. He graduated from Lincoln University with his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s. Ashton is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Yolanda Melville, Esq. is the Legal Redress Chair of the Atlantic City NAACP Branch in New Jersey. Yolanda is an Attorney for Cooper Levenson’s Atlantic City office specializing in both Land Use/Zoning/Planning and Education/School Law. Yolanda serves on the Legal Committee of the NAACP National Board of Directors. In 2011, Yolanda was selected as a Kellogg’s Law Fellow for the NAACP Office of General Counsel. Yolanda graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from The College of William and Mary, a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University, and her Juris Doctor degree from Howard University School of Law. Yolanda is a member of the Atlantic City (NJ) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.
Calvin Pierce II
Calvin Pierce II is the Second Vice President and Young Adults Chair of the Orange Maplewood NAACP Branch in New Jersey. Calvin Pierce leads young adult outreach efforts to recruit new young professionals into the Orange Maplewood NAACP Branch. In 2018, Calvin planned an NAACP Uzima Fitness Class promote health, wellness and physical activity among young adults NAACP members. Calvin Pierce works for American Wear as a Route Service Sales Manager. Calvin Pierce also works for TNT Sports as a Sports Instructors and works for Fastbreak Sports as a Youth AAU Basketball Coach. Calvin graduated from Coppin State University with his B.S. in Sports Management and a concentration in Business.
Kerwin Webb serves as the President of the Greater Red Bank NAACP Branch in New Jersey.
Kerwin Webb previously served as the Second Vice President of the Greater Red Bank NAACP Branch. In 2012, Kerwin Webb founded RMW Foundation, Inc., which is a non-profit organization focused on child development, youth outreach, and adult empowerment. Kerwin is a licensed minister and a native of Birmingham, Alabama. Kerwin Webb is a Youth Minister at Second Baptist Church in Asbury Park. Kerwin is a graduate of Alabama State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and is currently completing studies for his Master’s of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Robert E. Blue is the Second Vice President of the Buffalo NAACP Branch in New York. Robert currently works as an Associate Automation Engineer at Rich Products Corporation responsible for developing and supporting software applications that increase automation and productivity at plants across the United States and Canada. Robert previously worked for Paychex, Inc. as a Web Software Developer II in Rochester New York. Robert graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology and a Business Management minor.
Kanasha Blue serves as Young Adults Co-Chair of the Buffalo NAACP Branch in New York. Kanasha Blue currently works as a Labor Service Representative for New York State Department of Labor: Western New York Strikeforce Initiative, assisting job seekers in impoverished areas obtain resources for employment. Kanasha is a Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and a retired Staff Sergeant of the New York Army National Guard. Kanasha is also the Third Vice Commander of the American Legion Jesse Clipper Post 430, where she volunteers rendering final salutes to fallen veterans and service members. Kanasha is also a Deaconess and former President of the Missionary Ministry at Second Baptist Church in Lackawanna, NY.
Anthony Ellis is the First Vice President of the Parkchester NAACP Branch in New York. Anthony developed a GOTV Action Plan to register 2% of the unregistered voters in Bronx County New York by mobilizing 5 NAACP volunteers. Anthony Ellis currently works as a Group Leader Teacher Assistant at Dreamyard. Anthony Ellis graduated with his B.A. degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Anthony is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Education.
Althema Goodson is the President Ossining NAACP Branch in New York. Althema previously served as Vice President of the Ossining Youth Council. Althema Goodson works as a Columnist and Feature Writer for Suavv Magazine and X3 Magazine. Althema is a Media Personality featured on Hers and His Radio and Power of the P Radio. Althema Goodson is a Social Philanthropist, Consultant, and Community Activist. Althema sits on several Boards, including Real Sisters Rising, The Phenomenal Women Group, New Beginning Dignity Services, Premier Sisters Network. Althema graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership.
Jessica Harrison is the President of the Parkchester NAACP Branch in New York. Jessica Harrison previously served as First Vice President and Treasurer of the Parkchester NAACP Branch. In 2018, Jessica developed a GOTV Action Plan to register 5% of the unregistered voters in Bronx County New York. Jessica works for Morgan Franklin Consulting as Senior Consultant. Jessica graduated from Bernard Baruch College with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Robyn Liverpool is an At-Large Executive Committee Member of the Brooklyn NAACP Branch in New York. Robyn Liverpool previously served as the Secretary, Freedom Fund Chair and previously served as Assistant Secretary of the Brooklyn Branch. Robyn currently works as an Analyst at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services. Robyn previously worked as a Staff Analyst Trainee at the New York City Comptroller office. She was Assemblyman Walter T. Mosley III campaign treasurer from October 2012- January 2015. She is a volunteer with the Emmanuel Baptist Church Girl Scouts. Robyn graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with her B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems.
LaShanda Myers is a member of the Mid-Manhattan NAACP Branch. LaShanda Myers works as a Payroll Specialists at MAC Property Management. LaShandra is a graduate of Virginia State University with a B.S. in Political Science. She graduated from Metropolitan College with an M.B.A. in General Management.
Candace Prince-Modeste is the President of the Jamaica NAACP Branch in New York. Candace previously served as the First Vice President of the Jamaica NAACP Branch. She has previously served as Treasurer, Acting Secretary, Economic Development Chair, Freedom Fund Dinner Chair, served on the Nominating Committee and coordinates the branch’s annual Candidates Forum. Candace possesses over 15 years of public affairs experience in operations and grant management for government and nonprofit entities. She is a graduate of SUNY Stony Brook, earning a B.A. in Political Science, and CUNY Baruch College with an MPA in Public Management.
Shanelle Washington is the Assistant Secretary of the NAACP New York State Conference. She has been advocating against gun violence and economic injustice for five years. Shanelle joined the NAACP after working with New York State Conference President, Hazel N. Dukes while serving on her Community Board where she is the Vice Chair of Education, Youth and Libraries, and was recently appointed as Vice Chair of Economic Development. Shanelle was also appointed as Vice Chair of the Neighborhood Advisory Board (NAB) for the City of New York. She currently serves as Chair of the NAACP Mid-Manhattan Branch Next Generation Committee.
LaKeisha “Kay” Brown serves on the Communications Committee of the Greensboro NAACP Branch. LaKeisha founded the Young Adults Committee of the Greensboro NAACP Branch in 2017. LaKeisha works at Lincoln Financial Group as an Application Specialist. LaKeisha Brown serves on the Greensboro Police Complaints Review Board.LaKeisha graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with a B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. LaKeisha is pursuing her M.B.A from Fayetteville State University.
Clarence Bradley Hunt is the Political Action Chair of the Greensboro Branch in North Carolina.
Clarence previously served as the Third Vice President of the Greensboro Branch. Today, Clarence is committed to eradicating racial disparities and developing emerging civil rights to fight modern anti-discrimination tactics consistent with the mission of the NAACP. Clarence Hunt is a Minister committed to raising the social and moral conscience of our community. Clarence graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a B.S. in Political Science.
Dawna Jones is the Secretary of the Chapel-Hill Carrboro NAACP. Dawna is a former member of the Penn State University NAACP College Chapter. Dawna currently works as Assistant Dean of Students and adjunct professor, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC-Chapel Hill, Dawna also serves as the Chair of the UNC Black Caucus and the UNC Financial Literacy Consortium. Dawna serves her community as an affordable housing advocate on the Chapel Hill Housing Advisory Board and is committed to championing support for food and housing insecure individuals in Chapel Hill, especially at UNC. Dawna studied at the Pennsylvania State University, the University of Pittsburgh, and West Chester University of Pennsylvania, obtaining degrees in Sociology (BA), Higher Education Management (M.Ed), and Social Work (MSW).
Kayla S. Griffin, Esq. serves as the Young Adults Chair of the Cleveland NAACP Branch. Kayla Griffin is the Assistant Secretary-Elect of the Cleveland NAACP Branch. Kayla is an inaugural Fellow in the Cleveland Leadership Center’s Carl Stokes Civic Leadership Institute addressing critical problems facing the city of Cleveland. Kayla Griffin works for the City of Cleveland as a Program Manager implementing prevention initiatives for young adults. Kayla is a Minister in Pentecostal Assemblies of the World teaching Sunday School and Teen Bible study. Kayla is a published author of “God, Sex, and Hair: The Gospel According to Imprisoned Women.” Kayla Griffin graduated from Kent State University with her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with dual minors in Political Science and Pan-African Studies. Kayla graduated from Cleveland State University with her Juris Doctorate and Master’s degree in Public Administration.
Ronisha Jordan is the Secretary-Elect of the Cleveland NAACP Branch. Ronisha Jordan previously served as President of the Cleveland State University College Chapter. Ronisha is a member of the Cleveland NAACP Branch in Ohio. She serves as Assistant Coach for the Girls Basketball team at Glenville High School. Ronisha began her career as a Supervisor of Administrative Services for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport managing hiring, onboarding, and performance. Ronisha Jordan is a native of Cleveland, OH. Ronisha is a graduate of Cleveland State University.
Danielle Sydnor is the President-Elect of the Cleveland NAACP Branch in Ohio. Danielle Sydnor previously served as the Economic Chair for the Cleveland NAACP Branch. Danielle is the Executive Director of Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI) Northern Ohio focused on creating measurable social and economic change. Danielle worked in banking since 2002, including National City Bank, MBNA and Bank of America, with experience in retail banking and management experience in credit card sales, service and lending. Danielle became licensed as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch in 2011. Danielle is a graduate of the University of Phoenix with her Bachelor’s degree in Finance.
Shalondra Harrison is a member of the Oklahoma City NAACP Branch in Oklahoma. Shalondra Harrison developed a GOTV Action Plan to register 2% of the unregistered voters in Oklahoma by mobilizing 10 NAACP volunteers to conduct phone banking and door-to-door canvassing. Shalondra works for Leap Coffee Roasters managing Corporate and Community Development. Shalondra Harrison graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and graduated from Prescott College with a Master’s degree in Social Justice and Community Organizing.
Dr. Melencia Johnson is the First Vice President of the Aiken County NAACP Branch in South Carolina. As First Vice President she has helped plan the Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, Annual Branch Anniversary, and the first Young Adult Committee Networking event. Dr. Johnson currently works as an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of South Carolina Aiken. Dr. Johnson graduated from Norfolk State University with a B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice. She earned her M.A. and PhD in Sociology and Criminology with a focus in Women’s Studies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Ebony Capshaw served as 1st Vice President and Membership Chair of the Oak Ridge-Anderson County NAACP Branch in Tennessee. Ebony Capshaw serves on the Executive Committee of the Tennessee NAACP State Conference. Ebony works as the Lead Pharmacy Technician at Summit View Pharmacy Services and a Quality Auditor at CVS Health. Ebony is currently running as a candidate for Anderson County Trustee and Democratic State Executive Committeewoman in Tennessee. Ebony graduated from Clark Atlanta University (CAU) with her B.S. in Biology and is pursuing her M.S. in Information Technology concentrating in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity.
April Ricks is a member of the Memphis NAACP Branch and previously served as Secretary of the Memphis NAACP Youth Council in Tennessee. April is an Educator for Shelby County Schools and is committed to motivating students to reach their fullest potential. She is a member of the Regional Strategy Team for 9-0-ONE, an organizing network for equity in Memphis. April graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and her Master’s degree in Educational Research from Christian Brothers University located in Memphis, TN. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate Degree in Leadership and Political Studies at the University of Memphis.
Christy Turner is a member of the Memphis Branch NAACP and previously served as the Assistant Secretary of the Memphis NAACP Youth Council. She serves several businesses as a research consultant, assisting entrepreneurs with project management. She is a master of organizing ideas and seeing visions through to completion, and her primary goal is to assist entrepreneurs with peripheral projects. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Emory University. Christy also serves as the Communications Chair for the Memphis Chapter of Emory Alumni.
Tevin Ellis served as President of Texas NAACP State Youth & College Division. Tevin Ellis is a member of the San Antonio NAACP Branch. Tevin Ellis is a member of the NAACP National Board of Directors. Tevin Ellis is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Forerunners a local non-profit focused on civic engagement and educational outreach. Tevin works for U.P.S. as a Logistics Supervisor. Tevin also works as a D.J. in the downtown San Antonio area. Tevin Ellis is pursuing his B.S. degree in Criminal Justice at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Brandy Fields is a member of the Arlington NAACP Branch in Texas. Brandy is the Vice President of the Texas NAACP State Conference Youth & College Division. Brandy graduated from University of Texas at Arlington with a B.S. in Nursing. Brandy Fields is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Porschia Harris is the Young Adults Chair of the Houston NAACP Branch in Texas. Porschia Harris previously served as the Community Engagement Chair and Young Adults Co-Chair for the Houston NAACP Branch. Porschia previously served as the Public Relations Chair of the Eastern Michigan University College Chapter. Porschia Harris currently works as a Field Organizer for the Elisabeth E. Johnson for City Council Campaign. Porschia previously worked as a Logistics Manager for Amazon.com. Porschia graduated from Eastern Michigan University with her B.S. in Public Relations and graduated from Texas Southern University with her Master’s degree in Public Administration.
Jessica Reyes serves on the NAACP Youth & College Task Force. Jessica is a member of the San Antonio NAACP Branch in Texas. Jessica Reyes previously served as Vice President of the University of Texas at San Antonio College Chapter. Jessica Reyes previously served as Treasurer of the Texas NAACP State Conference Youth & College Division. Jessica Reyes graduated with her B.S. from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Jessica Reyes is pursuing her M.B.A. from Texas A&M University.
Jalyce Taylor serves on the Young Adults Committee of the Houston NAACP Branch and recently planned a mental health forum on clinical behavioral health.
Jalyce served on the Freedom Fund Banquet Committee and lead Young Adults in joining the America’s Journey for Justice. Jalyce works as a Recruiter and Data Collector for Mental and Behavioral Health. Jalyce has previously worked as a Medical Scribe in the Emergency Department and Urgent Care Clinics. Jalyce graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville with her Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Spanish. Jalyce is currently attending Prairie View A&M University and plans to attend Medical School to become a Physician specializing in internal medicine.
Kenny Boddye is the Criminal Justice Chair of the Prince Williams NAACP Branch in Virginia. Kenny Boddye serves on the Criminal Justice Committee of the Virginia NAACP State Conference. Kenny also serves on the Environmental Climate Justice Committee of the Virginia NAACP State Conference. Kenny works for Kevin Davis Insurance Services as a Business Development Manager and Community
Ricquitta Lomax is the Advisor of the Fairfax County Youth Council in Virginia. Ricquitta chartered and served as President of the first Utica NAACP Youth Council. She previously served on the Hillsborough County NAACP Women In NAACP (WIN) committee. Ricquitta is a member of the Fairfax NAACP Branch. Ricquitta Lomax currently works as the Sponsorship and Community Engagement Coordinator at Whole Foods Markets. She is also the Founder and CEO of Kreativ Sports and Event Management. Ricquitta is a Contract Advisor for the Arena Football League and Canadian Football League. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Livingstone College and Master of Science degree from Georgetown University. She is currently pursuing her Juris Doctor degree. Ricquitta is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Tavorise K. Marks, M.A. is the Legal Redress Chair of the Chesterfield County Branch NAACP in Virginia. Tavorise began his commitment to the NAACP in 2005 as a member of the Norfolk State University NAACP College Chapter in Norfolk, Virginia. Tavorise currently works as Program Manager for the Commonwealth of Virginia and serves as a United States Army Military Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Army Reserves with 12 years of service. Tavorise is also the 3rd Vice Chair for the Chesterfield County Democratic Committee and was a 2017 Democratic Primary Candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates. Tavorise graduated from Norfolk State University with his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Master’s degree in Urban Affairs & Urban Planning. Tavorise has also earned three Graduate Certificates, from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Leadership in Crisis, The University of Virginia in Public Administration, and The University of Richmond in Paralegal Studies (Contract Law) respectively. Tavorise is currently pursuing his Doctorate degree in Strategic Leadership at Regent University.
Zoel Stackhouse is a member of the Prince Williams NAACP Branch in Virginia. Zoel developed a GOTV Action Plan to register 1,388 new voters in Virginia by mobilizing 43 volunteers canvassing and tabling to register new voters. Zoel Stackhouse as the Owner and Founder of Belle Web Management, LLC. Zoel Stackhouse works as a Substitute Teacher in the Baltimore County School System. Zoel graduated with her B.S. degree in Marketing from Clemson University. Zoel is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Leadership at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
Louis Aaron Harris is the 1st Vice President and Communications Chair for the Snohomish County NAACP Branch in Washington. Louis Harris also serves as the Youth Works Chair and leads the Energy and Climate Justice Initiative for the NAACP Alaska, Oregon, and Washington State Area Conference. Louis Harris currently works as a Financial Service Specialist for Washington State’s Department of Social and Health Services. Louis previously served as an AmeriCorps member for the Campus Compact program where he instituted after-school programs for underprivileged youth. Louis graduated from Washington State University with his B.A. in Sociology and B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Global Studies.
Alex Boston Edwards IV is the Third Vice President of the Milwaukee NAACP Branch in Wisconsin. Alex Edwards previously served as the Environmental and Climate Justice Chair and the Economic Development Co-Chair for the NAACP Wisconsin State Conference. Alex currently works as a Consultant for Asset Builders of America providing financial literacy to low-income families. Alex founded Decent Housing, a real estate development non-profit. Alex is a Real Estate Owner and Developer. Alex previously worked as an 8th Grade Teacher at Rufus King Middle School. Alex is a graduate of Milwaukee Area Technical College.
NEXTGEN SCHOLARS OF EXCELLENCE
The NEXTGEN Scholars of Excellence are a special cohort of the NAACP Next Generation Young Professional Leadership Training Program that successfully completed the 2018 NEXTGEN Program and are committed to completing a specialty track to continue more extensive leadership training in 2019.
Ashleigh Gaines is the ACT-SO Chair of the Anchorage Branch in Alaska. Ashleigh Gaines was the President of Anchorage Alaska Youth Council. Ashleigh Gaines previously served as the Assistant Secretary of the Anchorage Branch. In high school, Ashleigh was an ACT-SO participant competing in photography, poetry and music. Ashleigh Gaines has played the violin specializing classical and contemporary music for 23 years. Ashleigh Gaines attends the University of Alaska Anchorage pursing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Political Science.
Ariana Woody is the President of the Norwich NAACP Branch in Connecticut. Ariana previously served as First Vice President of the Norwich Branch NAACP Branch. Ariana previously served as Secretary of the Connecticut State Youth and College Division and was a member of the Robertsine Duncan Youth Council. Ariana Woody currently works for the City of Norwich Registrar of Voters Office.
Mahogany Blank is the Youth Works Chair of the Washington, DC NAACP Branch. Previously, she served as the Young Adults Co-Chair for the NAACP DC Branch. Mahogany Blank currently works for the D.C. Public School (DCPS) system as a Community Engagement Coordinator. Mahogany graduated from University of California Riverside with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Linguistics and graduated from American University with her Master’s degree in Bilingual Education.
Myeisha Boyd recently relocated to Brooklyn, NY from Washington, DC. Myeisha Boyd is a new member of the Brooklyn NAACP Branch. In the Washington, DC NAACP Branch, Myeisha Boyd worked with the DC Branch Political Action Committee to develop a GOTV Action Plan to register 10% of the unregistered voters in DC.
Myeisha Boyd worked for Fair Vote as a Communications Fellow managing the website and social media platforms advocating for election reform.
Myeisha Boyd graduated from the University of Hartford in Connecticut with her Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Government. Myeisha is pursuing her Master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University.
Bintou Kone is an At-Large Executive Committee Member in the Mid-Manhattan NAACP Branch in New York. Bintou Kone developed a GOTV Action Plan to register 278 unregistered voters in New York by mobilizing 20 volunteers by phone-banking and door-to-door canvassing. Bintou Kone works for New York University as an Assistant Research Scientist. Bintou previously worked as a Math Tutor at Brooklyn Educational Opportunity Center. Bintou Kone graduated from New York University (NYU) with her Bachelor’s degree. Bintou graduated from Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) with her Associates degree.
Jermaine Melton is the Young Adults Chair of the Greensboro NAACP Branch in North Carolina. Jermaine Melton works for the NAACP North Carolina State Conference as a Project Coordinator. Jermain graduated with his Bachelor’s degree from Shaw University and is pursuing his Master’s degree in Supply Chain Management from North Carolina State University.
Lauren Poteat is the Women In NAACP (WIN) Chair of the Washington, DC NAACP Branch. Lauren Poteat previously served at the International Affairs Co-Chair and an active member of the Public Relations Committee for the Washington, DC Branch. Lauren Poteat works for National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) as a Washington Correspondent. Lauren also works as a Field Reporter for PG-CTV, located in Upper Marlboro Maryland, and is an occasional guest host on varied radio outlets including Radio One, WHUR and We Act Radio. In 2018, Lauren won the title of Miss Black America Maryland and most recently, the title of Miss Black District of Columbia USA 2019.
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