Political Leaders On the Verge Who will be the next Barack and Michelle Obama? We take a look at the emerging political players in the trenches—elected officials, activists and local leaders making their mark in the nation’s capital and around the nation.
Name: Stefanie Brown Age: 28 Position:NAACP National Field Director
Responsible for organizing national campaigns for the 2,300 NAACP units across the country, Stefanie Brown trains members how to create a strategy around an issue, wield their collective power, launch petition drives, and talk to elected officials.
“I just took 40 students to Savannah, Georgia, to work on a campaign around Troy Davis [a death row inmate widely believed to be wrongfully convicted], and you could see the light bulbs going off in their minds,” says Brown, who previously served as the NAACP’s National Youth and College Division Director.
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