Cathy Grantham

Cathy Grantham is the Vice President of Human Resources for the NAACP and is responsible for the overall planning, direction and guidance to the development and implementation of the human resources strategy, organization, policies, guidelines and procedures that will support the core functions of the business and NAACP’s growth opportunities.

Ms. Grantham has over 20 years of experience in the human resources field, primarily in the non-profit sector. In addition to being certified by the Human Resources Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Ms. Grantham has an MS in Human Resources Management from American University in Washington, DC and an MBA from University of Maryland University College. Ms. Grantham was recognized by the Human Resources Leadership Awards of Greater Washington program when she was awarded the Dr. J.P. London Award for Promoting Ethical Behavior.

Prior to joining NAACP in 2011, Ms. Grantham’s previous experience included Director, Human Resources at Hillwood Museum and Gardens Foundation in Washington, DC; independent human resources consultant to several non-profit organizations including B’nai B’rith International, a Jewish humanitarian, human rights, and advocacy organization and NeighborWorks Capital, a Community Development Financial Institute. Ms. Grantham was instrumental in the start-up and close-out phases of Fannie Mae Foundation during her eleven years of employment as its Managing Director of Human Resources, overseeing all human resources functions of the organization. Her career in the human resources field began with The Southland Corporation, followed by Council on Foundations.