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.
Ms. Loftin was formerly the Senior Program Specialist in Community Advocacy and Partnership Engagement, Center for Social Justice at the National Education Association. Her responsibilities focused around aligning NEA priorities with partners within the African-American and progressive communities and creating opportunities for critical dialogue and action addressing the racial and economic disparities that impact educators, students, and communities across the country.
Previously, she served as the Racial Justice Program Coordinator for the Civil, Human, and Women’s Rights Department, where she focused on creating opportunities for critical dialogue and action addressing the racial and economic disparities that impact workers across every sector. Ms. Loftin played a central role in guiding the work of the AFL-CIO Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice. Ms. Loftin has also worked at the American Federation of Teachers and served as President of the United States Student Association, where she coordinated the implementation of campaigns addressing national issues like student loan debt and the expansion of financial aid for low-income and students of color.
Ms. Loftin has been nationally recognized, appearing on TV One, Fox News, ABC, People’s World, National Public Radio, and Al Jazeera. A passionate advocate for the empowerment of communities of color, she was recently appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans in Higher Education.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Ms. Loftin attended the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she graduated with dual degrees in American Studies and Political Science in 2011.