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 External Affairs & Special Events
Ashley Roberts serves as the Director of External Affairs & Special Events. Prior to joining AAMA, she worked at American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) as the Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) Manager. DELP aims to support individuals from under-represented identity groups to advance into the ranks of leadership in the association management profession. Ashley fully supported the day to day operations and management of the renowned DELP scholarship and partnerships. She also served as a Senior Manager of Volunteer Relations, where she focused on member engagement through short-term volunteer projects to committee, council, and board service. Other contributions for her time at ASAE include managing several award programs centered around leadership honors and organizational marketing, membership, and communication campaigns.
Ashley is an alumna of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Bachelors of Arts in Management & Society. Ashley is an experienced non-profit management professional that prides herself on creating exceptional experiences for the members and organizations she serves.
Director of Policy & Programs
Darian Vayson currently serves as the Director of Policy and Programs for the African American Mayors Association (AAMA). Before joining AAMA, Darian worked as an Operations Associate with Atlanta Unbound Academy while earning her Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Georgia State University (GSU). During her time at GSU, Darian served as the Graduate Student Coordinator for Georgia State University’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, where she planned and promoted member meetings, increased membership, managed a crowdfunding campaign, and managed the organization’s social media presence. Darian has always had a passion for politics and public service. Darian has interned as a legislative aide for Georgia State Representative Dar’Shun Kendrick. In addition, Darian earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Spelman College, where she graduated with honors.
Stacie Walters Fuji
Environmental Defense Fund Fellow
Ms. Fujii has extensive knowledge of the legislative and executive branches, and a keen background in coalition building, crisis management, civil liberties issues, and international relations.
On Capitol Hill, Ms. Fujii learned the legislative process and served as a staffer for Representative Vic Snyder (D-AR). She further honed her advocacy skills as a lead Democratic advisor at the Livingston Group, led by the Honorable Bob Livingston. Her vast portfolio includes issues relating to appropriations, defense, democracy building, education, energy, homeland security, human rights, marginalized people groups, voter protections, and the Middle East.
She has championed viable energy policies since 2002 and has cultivated expertise in nuclear, solar and electric vehicle innovations.
She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, School of Law, and holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.