The NAACP has named a woman as its interim President.
Lorraine C. Miller will fill the role as the organization continues its search for a successor for Benjamin Jealous. Jealous will step down at the end of the year to spend more time with his family.
Several critics have pointed out the NAACP’s lack of appointing a female president in its history, Miller’s appointment may just be a foreshadowing of history in the making.
Miller is a commercial real estate broker with Keller Williams and sits on the Board of D.C. Vote. She served as the first African American clerk (and the first African American officer) of the U.S House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011, and previously worked for former House Speakers Nancy Pelosi, Tom Foley and Jim Wright, as well as U.S. Rep. John Lewis. She also worked in the Clinton White House, as Bureau Chief at the Federal Communications Commission and as Director of Congressional Relations for the Federal Trade Commission.
Miller served as President for the NAACP’s Washington, DC branch for six years.
She will begin her role as Interim President and CEO on November 1, assuming day-to-day responsibility for the organization.
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