State Voices has announced Roger C. Vann as the organization’s next executive director. Most recently, Vann served as chief operating officer and chief of staff for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
In this position, Vann oversaw the day-to-day management of the organization and led the NAACP’s successful 2012 civic engagement strategy, which registered more than 400,000 voters nationwide. Previously, he served as the NAACP’s national membership director, chief development officer and senior vice president of field operations and membership. Vann began working with the organization in 1994, when he was elected president of the Greater New Haven, Connecticut Branch. During his 25-year career, he has worked with other civil liberties and workers’ rights organizations, such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Connecticut and the international union UNITE HERE.
“We are thrilled to welcome Roger as the next executive director of the State Voices network,” said Katherine Peck, State Voices Board Chair. “The depth of his experience, his dedication to civic participation and civil rights, and his track record of strategic thinking make him the perfect fit for this role.”
Vann takes over leadership from Tracy Sturdivant who has worked with the organization since 2009, first as a board member and then as executive director.
“I am delighted Roger will be heading the State Voices network. Not only does he understand the importance of state-based organizing, but he understands and believes in the network’s model and values. His experience with both national and state-based organizations means he’s perfectly positioned to work closely with our state network and national allies to build on State Voices’ current momentum,” said Sturdivant.
“Since the network’s start in 2008, I’ve watched State Voices grow, evolve and ultimately change the way progressives organize on the ground in the states. I wanted to be a part of that movement,” said Vann. “At the NAACP, I learned how to create and execute a big picture strategy. State Voices is a big picture kind of organization. I’m excited to bring my vision, skills and experience to the network.”
State Voices supports nonpartisan civic engagement “tables” in 22 states, networks of organizations that leverage their collective power to catalyze change. By supporting and strengthening their work, State Voices serves as a backbone for the larger nonpartisan civic engagement movement.