Stephanie Mash Sykes, Esq.
Founding Executive Director & General Counsel
Stephanie Mash Sykes is the Founding Executive Director and General Counsel of the African American Mayors Association (AAMA) where she oversees the daily operations, policy agenda, and legal affairs of the AAMA. Ms. Sykes also serves as a Google NextGen Tech Policy Leader and a member of the Bloomberg What Works Cities Standards Committee. Prior to joining AAMA, she served as the Director of Governmental Affairs for African Americans working with the Office of the Sacramento Mayor. Ms. Sykes has also worked as an executive compensation and employee benefits attorney at international firms in New York City, NY and Palo Alto, CA. As an attorney, she also devoted many pro bono hours to advising non-profit organizations and small businesses, and received the New York Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Publico Award for outstanding pro bono legal service. Prior to law school, Ms. Sykes worked as a policy analyst at the New Jersey General Assembly where she focused on legislation related to municipal governance, consumer affairs, and economic development and assisted with the Black Caucus of the General Assembly. Ms. Sykes received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Princeton University where she majored in Politics and received certificates in African American Studies and Latin American Studies. She is admitted to practice law in New York State and Washington, D.C.
Director of Operations and External Affairs
Demarius Love serves as the Director of Operations and External Affairs for the African American Mayors Association. Prior to joining AAMA, he served as the Executive Assistant to the Honorable Judge Rachel Bell (General Sessions Court, Davidson Co.), as well as a former intern staffer to Congressman Jim Cooper (TN, District 5), and as a Deputy Clerk to the office of the Davidson County Clerk, Brenda Wynn. Both a public and civic servant, Love is an alumnus of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s (CBCF) Summer Congressional Internship Program, serving in the office of Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II (MO, District 5) and a graduate of the New Leaders Council (NLC-Nashville Chapter). Demarius currently serves on the Executive Board of the New Leaders Council for the Washington, DC Chapter and on the Caucus Liaison Subcommittee for the National Diversity Committee of the New Leaders Council (NLC). Love is an alumnus of Middle Tennessee State University where he earned a B. S. in Criminal Justice Administration.
Manger of Policy and Programs
Jamie Pascal serves as the Manger 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.
Lisa Hicks serves as the Operations Associate 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.