Dr. Karen Williams Weaver
Interim Executive Director
Dr. Weaver was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. She attended Flint public schools and graduated from Flint Northern High School, where she was in the National Honor Society and active is the school orchestra and Psychology Club. After graduation, she attended University of Michigan-Flint before transferring to Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi where she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology. She went on to obtain a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Applied Psychology from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY, followed by a Ph.D. in Child and Family Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University with a specialization in pediatric psychology.
Dr. Karen Williams Weaver served as the first female Mayor of the City of Flint from November 2015 until November 2019. While serving as Flint’s mayor, she was 2nd Vice President of the African American Mayors Association and on the Advisory Board of the US Conference of Mayors. In December 2019, US presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg selected her to be a surrogate for his campaign, as did Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016. To continue her commitment and passion for community and economic justice for black and brown residents and underserved populations, she created the Karen Williams Weaver Foundation (KWWF).
Professionally, Dr. Karen Williams Weaver has held several leadership positions, including Director of Behavioral Services at Mott Children’s Health Center and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Ennis Center for Children. She is also an entrepreneur and owner of Shea Lavelle Boutique a specialty store for natural skin, hair and body products.
Dr. Karen Weaver has also served in the Flint and Genesee County community and held board member positions including, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Hurley Medical Center Board of Managers, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Priority Children and Flint NAACP Freedom Fund Chair.
Dr. Karen Williams Weaver has received many awards and honors including, but not limited to: Special Recognition Award from National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) for helping to bring mental health screening for teens to the Flint/Genesee county area; National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Gamma Delta Chapter Living Legend Award; and the Flint Branch Humanitarian Award, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Vanguard Award for Outstanding Service, the Elenor Roosevelt Award from the Feminist Majority Foundation, the Phenomenal Woman of Courage Award from the National Dental Association.
Senior Director of Operations and External Affairs
Demarius K. Love serves as the Senior Director of Operations and External Affairs for the African American Mayors Association (AAMA), the only national organization dedicated to representing African-American mayors in the United States. At AAMA, he leads member services for current member mayors and recruitment for newly elected Black mayors. Along with overseeing day to day operations of the Association, he also serves as the liaison for the corporate business council, recruiting and managing relationships for the sharing of best practices from Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining AAMA, Demarius served as the Executive Assistant to the Honorable Judge Rachel L. Bell (Davidson County, Nashville, TN), and as a Deputy Clerk to the office of the Davidson County Clerk, Brenda P. Wynn.
Both a public and civic servant, Love is an alumnus of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's (CBCF) Congressional Internship Program, serving in the office of Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II (MO, District 5), and a former intern staffer to Congressman Jim Cooper (TN, District 5) An graduate of the New Leaders Council ( NLC-Nashville Chapter), Demarius served on the Executive Board of the New Leaders Council for the Washington, DC Chapter from 2017-2019 and previously served as an NLC National Caucus Liaison Subcommittee for the National Diversity Committee. Love is an alumnus of Middle Tennessee State University where he earned a B. S. in Criminal Justice Administration, and is a current 2020-2021 Princeton AlumniCorps Emerging Leaders Fellow.
Director of Policy and Programs
Jamie Pascal serves as the Director of Policy and Programs for the African American Mayors Association. Prior to her role as Policy Associate, Jamie worked as an intern for the Association for two years. As an intern, Jamie has assisted with conference preparations, internal organization operations, as well as research analysis on African American mayors and their efforts on prevalent issues across the nation. In addition, Pascal served on the Executive board of Howard University’s Undergraduate Student Assembly as a Program Director. Jamie is a strong community and social services professional with a Bachelors of Arts, English focused in Pre-Law Studies from Howard University.
Senior Manager of Finance and Operations
Lisa Hicks serves as the Senior Manager of Finance and Operations for the African American Mayors Association. Prior to joining AAMA, she studied at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where she received a Masters of Public Administration with a specialization in Financial Management. During her last year of graduate school, Lisa worked with a team of fellow graduate consultants to create a comprehensive plan to tackle financial barriers of the New York City housing nonprofit sector. While at NYU Wagner, Lisa worked tirelessly to sharpen her writing skills and cultivate a vast knowledge of research methods. Lisa is also an alumnus of Virginia Commonwealth University, where she received a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Management and minored in Human Resources.
Digital Marketing and Communications Associate
Nandi Henderson serves as the Digital Marketing and Communications Associate for the Association. Prior to joining AAMA, Nandi worked as a Multimedia Pathways Intern at the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General. There, she assisted with internal and external communications strategies, managed digital analytics and played an integral role in the office's visual rebranding. In addition, Nandi earned her Masters of Arts in Strategic Communications and Public Relations from Trinity Washington University where she was inducted into the Lambda Pi Eta Communications Honor Society. Nandi prides herself on her creative approach to digital strategy and the use of data to find areas of digital strengths and weaknesses. Nandi is also an alumnus of Morgan State University, where she received a Bachelors of Science in Broadcast and Integrated Media with a concentration in Video Production. Nandi is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Operations and Development Associate
Jasmyne Harper serves as the Operations and Development Associate at AAMA. Prior to joining AAMA, Harper worked as a contract management services clerk at the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI). At CABVI, she assisted with government contract closeout and managed databases for a team of visually impaired contract specialists. A supporter of public service, Harper has interned with the Stafford County Government and volunteered with the Aquia Christian Academy. Harper is an alumna of Virginia Commonwealth University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a concentration in social justice and minor in French.