ALL Press, media, and public comment requests must be fulfilled by President Kiana M. Sears. No one else is authorized to speak on behalf of the Branch. Please send requests for public through the Contact page, or by emailing [email protected].
Structure of the Association. The management and governance of NAACP units are vested in the National NAACP's Board of Directors. The day-to-day operations of units is managed by each unit's Executive Committee, which consists of elected officers, elected at-large committee members, and appointed committee chairs. In alignment with the NAACP strategic plan, the Executive Committee focuses on the NAACP's legislative priorities to determine the branch's advocacy agenda and planning strategies.
Democratic Elections. In November 2022, the General Membership elected the following people to serve two-year terms of office which will begin on January 1, 2023:
President Kiana M. Sears, Vice President Nadia Khalighi, Secretary Michelle Rose, Treasurer Angela Copeland, At Large member Timothy Bradley, At Large member Dr. Kenja Hassan, At Large member William Smitherman, Sr.
More information about the democratic process and the candidates who recently ran for office is available on the Branch Elections page.
Assistant Secretary: Crystal Smitherman
Finance Committee Chair: Angela Copeland
Freedom Fund (Fundraising) Interim Committee Chair: Timothy Bradley
Legal Redress Committee Chair: William Smitherman, Sr.
Outreach Committee Chair: Michelle L. Rose
2021 - Present: Ms. Kiana M. Sears
2017 - 2020: Mr. Roy Tatem, Jr.
The NAACP is a worldwide network of more than 2,200 units. Established on February 12, 1909, by a multiracial, multigender group of progressive thinkers, the NAACP is the nation's oldest, strongest, and largest civil rights organization in the United States. With more than a million members worldwide, the NAACP has established itself as the premier civil rights organization in the United States. Our branch has served the East Valley as a champion of social justice for more than 60 years.
The vision of the NAACP is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights and to eradicate racial hatred or racial discrimination. The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination
“The humanity of all Americans is diminished when any group is denied rights granted to others.”
- Julian Bond, former Chairman Emeritus of the NAACP