Chief Executive Officer
Phyllis Dickerson currently serves as CEO of the African American Mayors Association (AAMA). She is also the CEO & President of Red Ink, LLC, since 2002, which assists organizations with business development and government relations. Before joining AAMA in 2021, she served as Regional Mayoral Director for Mike Bloomberg’s 2020 Campaign. She also served as a Lead Advance staffer for two U.S. Presidents. Phyllis also previously served as the first woman and African American Chief of Staff for former Mayor Mark Stodola of Little Rock, Arkansas from 2015 to 2019. In this role, she coordinated daily operations within the Mayor’s office, conducted research and analyses on constituent issues, and provided support for the implementation of special programs and initiatives. She also served as the Special Events & Program Coordinator for the City of Little Rock. In that capacity, she was responsible for planning the Central High Integration 50th.
Throughout her career, Phyllis has proudly served on the Board for the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA), Delta Research & Education Foundation, Cross World Africa Foundation and is a current member of the Little Rock Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
In 2001, Phyllis received a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Development from Webster University. She also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management from the University of Central Arkansas. Outside of the office, she is an advocate for children with Sickle Cell Anemia Disease as well as enjoys traveling, reading, and watching Western films. Her mission is to continue to ensure her clients get the best service possible in order to move their organization to the next level.
Director of Operations and Finance
Kisha Parks believes in the power of people. She is a compelling communicator who creates thriving organizational culture that helps non-profits achieve operational and financial success as they make strong impact. As Director of Operations and Finance, Parks oversees Financial Management, Events, and the Business Council for the African American Mayors Association (AAMA). During her 15-year tenure as a non-profit professional, Parks has provided operational thought leadership as a member of senior management teams. She has taken on the most urgent issues organizations face in these times, from leading COVID transition teams to spearheading Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. Her portfolio has included everything organizations need to thrive, create strong culture, and make impact: Human Resources; Benefits Management; IT; Accounting; Vendor Procurement; and Hiring.Parks believes in being mission-driven with a focus on racial equity. As a result, she has worked across a variety of non-profit sectors including social justice, maternal and child health, and environmental equity. She takes a collaborative approach to her work, ensuring everyone has a voice and that decision-making supports strategic organizational objectives.Parks is a proud mother of two successful daughters and a native of Queens. She loves the beach, the NY Giants, the Real Housewives of, well… anywhere, and cooks a mean Southern meal. Parks lives in Virginia with her husband Phillip and her dog Bella.
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.