NAACP Senior Staff

  • Claudia Withers is the Chief Operating Officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In that role, she is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Association, and reports directly to Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO. Read more »

  • Bradford Berry was selected as General Counsel of the NAACP in June 2015.  He is a proud product of the public school system in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended college at The George Washington University, where he majored in Economics and was elected both to Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society. Read more »

  • Samuel Gaillard

  • Virgil Ecton, CFRE, is the Executive Vice President, Development for the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), where he is responsible for fostering a culture of philanthropy within the organization. Read more »

  • Peter M. Williams is the Executive Vice President of Programs for the NAACP. Mr. Williams has solid experience in leading organizations, managing staff, developing and implementing programs, creating strategic alliances, and conducting policy research projects. 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 »

  • Raquel Coombs is the Vice President of Communications and Digital Media for the NAACP. Ms. Coombs has more than 20 years of experience in government affairs and media relations. Read more »

  • Kia Pearson is the Chief of Staff at the NAACP.  Prior to her current tenure, she served in other senior staff positions including the following: Vice President of Executive Operations at the NAACP  Read more »
  • Eris T. Sims is the Sr. Director of Events Planning for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In this role, Eris is responsible for the planning, management and execution for a variety of NAACP meetings and events. Read more »