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 »

  • Samuel Gaillard

  • Marshall Taylor​ was raised in New York and currently resides in Montgomery County, Maryland with his wife and two children. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bucknell University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Read more »

  • Shavon Arline-Bradley is the Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning & Partnerships.  During the interim transition of the president & CEO, she served as the Chief of Staff  & Chief Programs Officer where she was responsible for issue area advocacy agenda and overall staff operations. Read more »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Ana Aponte-Curtis is Vice President of Events Planning, overseeing all conferences, meetings, meeting locations, travel, vendors, logistics, exhibits, and event operations. Read More »

  • Kia Pearson is the Vice President, Executive Office of Operations for the NAACP. Prior to her current tenure, she served in other senior staff positions including the following: Treasurer for the Mfume for United States Senate Campaign and Director of Executive Operations for the NAACP under the leadership of the former President and CEO, Kweisi Mfume. Read more »
  • Dedrick Asante-Muhammad is Senior Director for Economic Programs for the NAACP.  Dedrick comes out of a family rooted in the struggle for Civil Rights. His mother was a white Southern Civil Rights activist. His African American father, was born in segregated Arkansas, living through the struggle to end Jim Crow segregation. Read more »