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Meet the 2019-2020 Officers and Executive Committee Members

These are the Officers and Executive Committee Members voted in at our election in November, plus those Committee Chairs who will remain from 2018.  The new Executive Committee began its term on January 1, 2019.

Office of the President

Clovis Honoré
– President –

Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Clovis Honoré grew up amidst the social turbulence of the 1960s and the cultural renaissance of the 1970s on the west side …

Francine Maxwell
– Vice President –

Ms. Francine Maxwell is a native San Diegan and a passionate community member of Southeastern San Diego. She has sat on various committees in the County and enjoys serving the  …

Steve Dorner
– 2nd Vice President –

Steve Dorner has a degree in Computer Science, worked as a software engineer for 20 years and as an executive in a Fortune 500 company for 10.


Renita Payno
– Secretary, ACT-SO Co-Chair –

Renita is a veteran, the owner and sole proprietor of her own small business, and a mother of two. You will find her at many community events; just ask the …

Diane Langworthy
– Assistant Secretary –

Diane Langworthy, worked 22 years as a medical social worker at Sharp Rehabilitation Hospital. Beside her work with the NAACP, she is involved in Social Justice Ministries at Mary Magdalene …

Darryl Stovall
– Treasurer –

Darryl W. Stovall Jr. was born and raised in New York City and planted roots in San Diego California while serving in the United States Navy. After a successful 20 …

Wanda Rogers
– Assistant Treasurer –

Wanda Rogers is Principal Owner of Construction Service Workers Founded in April of 2009, as the only African American Woman to own a Construction Staffing Agency in the country.  Her …

Executive Committee

Petrina Branch
– Freedom Fund –

Barbara Binns
– Member at Large –

Barbara Binns was born and raised in Los Angeles, attended Chico State and UCLA and obtained a certificate in Accounting …

Linda Cochran-Johnson
– Community Coordination –

Ms Cochran-Johnson grew up as a military dependent. In her career she has been as a case manager, chemical dependency …

Tiffany Harrison
– Youth Council Advisor –

Geneviéve L. Jones-Wright
– Member at Large –

Geneviéve L. Jones-Wright was raised by her single mother in a low-income home in San Diego, California where devotion to …

Philip Liburd
– Member at Large –

Brittany McKnight
– Education –

Brittany McKnight holds a Master of Arts in Education from SDSU, and has held several positions in Postsecondary and Secondary …

Frank Petersen
– Member at Large –

Khalada Salaam-Alaji
– Member at Large –

Sherry Strothers
– Armed Services and Veterans' Affairs –

Sherry Strothers is a powerful and charismatic Motivational Speaker, Certified Women’s Empowerment Coach and passionate activist. The story behind Sherry’s …

Carol Spong
– Housing –

Kenya L. Taylor
– Health –

– Grassroots –

Mary Tesfaldet
– President, Youth Council –

Mary Tesfaldet is currently enrolled at San Diego State University, and is President of the NAACP San Diego Youth Council.

50th Annual NAACP Image Awards

NAACP Image Awards |

Presented annually, the NAACP Image Awards is recognized as the nation’s preeminent multicultural awards show from an African American point of view. The event celebrates the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.

Nominating Committee Slate Unchallenged

At our previous General Membership Meeting (October 4th), we received the report of the nominating committee:

Nominating Committee Report 2018

Members: Samantha Jenkins, Committee Chair
Renita Payno, Committee Secretary
Clovis Honoré, sitting Branch 1st Vice President
Sherry Strothers, Armed Services Chair
Kamaria Allen, Branch Member

Meeting Dates: September 8, 2018 at 10 a.m. (Malcolm X Library)
September 12, 2018 at 6 p.m. (Starbucks Spring Valley)
September 18, 2018 at 6 p.m. (Allen Household)

The committee received the Branch roster from the Branch Secretary as is the practice for this process. Additionally, we received suggestions from branch leadership regarding members that could be considered for the slate. The committee took these recommendations under advisement and proceeded to develop a roster of candidates for both Officer and At-Large positions. The list was divided among members who then contacted their prospects. Some prospects declined their nomination citing existing personal demands and years of prior service from which they needed respite. The committee proceeded to select alternate candidates and approach them to determine their interest. Following the acceptance of individual nominations, consent forms were sent and received by the original points of contact within the committee. This resulted in the following slate of candidates:


2019 San Diego Branch Election Slate


President- Clovis Honoré
1st Vice President – Francine Maxwell
2nd Vice President – Steve Dorner
Secretary – Renita Payno
Asst. Secretary – Diane Langworthy
Treasurer – Darryl Stovall
Asst. Treasurer – Wanda Rogers

At Large Members:

Tenace Jenkins

Petrina Branch

Sherry Strothers

Franklin Peterson

Kenya Taylor

Barbara Binns

Carol Wiggins

Phillip Liburd

Genevieve Jones-Wright

Khalada Salaam-Alaji

There were no successful nominations of challengers to the candidates.  We will hold the official election at our November 2nd meeting.

What’s on Your Mind?

The branch recently put out a Member Satisfaction Questionnaire, so see what you think of what your branch is doing, and to get your ideas for what our new priorities should be.  About half the surveys were taken in person and about half online; in both cases, the results were completely anonymous.  The results were pretty interesting.

Most people who answered the survey feel welcome.  Everyone who answered the survey at a meeting felt welcome.

35 of 41 respondents thought one of our priorities should be criminal justice.  This is an area in which the branch has been active (including filing a lawsuit on behalf of protestors of Alfred Olango’s killing), but having heard such a clear signal from our membership, we want to do more.  If you can help, PLEASE contact our Criminal Justice committee at [email protected]!  If you’d like to read more about what we’ve been doing, visit our Criminal Justice page.

Education is much on your minds as well.  We have a Back-to-School Stay-in-School Fair coming up, and we just finished a trip to ACT-SO National with our local Gold winner Jor’Denay  This summer, we started a new program; a STEM Camp at a local middle school. You can stay up-to-date on our Education and ACT-SO activities on our website.

Also of great interest to our membership is our economic situation.  We could use more of you to come out and pitch in with your skills in entrepreneurship and business, to help our members get the jobs and build the businesses they need to succeed in our economy.  Please write [email protected] or [email protected] if you can help.  Also, if you have a local small business, you may be interested in signing up for our Member-Owned Local Small Business Directory.

Many of the people who answered our survey have participated in branch activities, and we’re very grateful.  Still, a third of respondents haven’t, and with only 41 people responding, we know there are a lot more of you out there.  We need you to come out.

For those who have participated, we asked what detracted from the experience.  The results were pretty telling:

Lots of folks lack the time to help as much as they’d like.  They also think others should do more, and that they don’t know what to do.  We have very experienced members in this branch who can help to educate you, and we can bring in storied names from our National organization to help train you, so don’t worry about not knowing what to do.  We get that it’s tough out there, but if we all just all commit to coming out and giving a few hours’ of our time, we can accomplish so very much more.  If you can’t make our regular meeting time, visit our calendar and find out when a committee meets, or join the Young Adult committee for one of their Hangouts.  Do something fun and help us build momentum toward making a better world for us now and into the future.

Finally, we asked what else we could improve about your branch.  Here are the answers:

Head and shoulders above the rest was “Better Communication.”  We’ve revamped our website.  We are producing a monthly newsletter of branch plans and activities.  We are active on Facebook and Twitter.  We’re committed to giving you the information you want and need to have about your branch.

Come on out and see us sometime, and let’s work to make our world a better place; remember, Your Voice, Your Vote, Your Engagement Matters!

Kate Yavenditti Speaks to the NAACP about CRB Reform

At the June 7th general meeting of the NAACP San Diego, Kate Yavenditti from Women Occupy San Diego spoke about replacing the Community Review Board with an independent Commission on Police Practices. She explained that the current board is being understaffed by Mayor Faulconer, lacks independent legal counsel and investigators, and is only presented with cases the SDPD itself deems worthy of investigation. WOSD’s amendment to the City Charter would remedy this.

There is a critical Rules Committee meeting at 2pm on July 11th at 202 C Street that might move the amendment forward. The NAACP backs strongly the idea of independent community review of alleged police misconduct. The police have a long record of bias, implicit and explicit, against African-Americans and other people of color. The police need to be held accountable when they misuse the vast power they have been granted by our legislatures and courts.

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