President & CEO

Derrick Johnson

Derrick Johnson is the driving force behind One Voice, working tirelessly with local elected officials, philanthropic community and local stakeholders to make sure voices often neglected in Mississippi get heard. Derrick has served as State President for the Mississippi State Conference NAACP since 2004. He earned his Jurist Doctorate Degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi. He serves on the boards of the Mississippi ACLU, the Advisory Council of the Mississippi Economic Policy Center, and the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation. The Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court appointed Derrick as a Commissioner to the Mississippi Access to Justice Commission. He also served as a Fellow with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington, DC, working in the office of Congressman Bennie G. Thompson and as a Fellow with The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management Minority Fellowship Program. Currently, he is a Mel King Fellow in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

Chief Operating Officer

Shirley M. Mock

A native of Natchez, Mrs. Mock earned her B.S. degree in Communications and Business Administration from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi. Mrs. Mock was employed more than 30 years with BellSouth/AT&T, working in various positions and retiring as AT&T Vice President of Government Relations/FL-MS. Mrs. Mock returned to the state in 2002 and started her own consulting firm, Mock’s Consulting, specializing in various public policy issues. She joined the MS State Conference NAACP in 2006 as the Government Relations Consultant in an advisory capacity to the President to advance its political and legislative agendas—a position she continues to hold. She joined One Voice in 2007 serving in various capacities, including administrative, technical/research and legislative consultant.

Chief Financial Officer

Benita Wells

Benita Wells was born and raised in Jackson, MS and is a product of the Jackson public school system. She then attended Loyola University Chicago and Millsaps College where she earned her B.B.A in Accounting, and a M.S.A in Taxation from the University of Phoenix. She is currently a CPA candidate. Ms. Wells’ work, prior to her work with One Voice, was as a Corporate 83rd auditor with the Mississippi Department of Revenue. Benita is the proud mother of one child.

Office & Program Coordinator

Sherry Wright

Sherry Denise Knight is a native of Pearl, MS and a proud graduate of Dillard University, where she earned her B.A. in Political Science. After graduation, Sherry returned home and began her work around social justice with the American Civil Liberties Union of MS in 2004 as a Legal Assistant. In 2005, Sherry joined the MS State Conference NAACP as a Project Assistant for the Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Command Center, providing assistance and resources for affected communities. She is now the Office Manager and Executive Assistant to MS-NAACP President Derrick Johnson. She also coordinates staff development programs.

Program Director

Lolita Bolden

Lolita Bolden is a Program Director at One Voice where she promotes existing relationships with partners with the goal of confirming adequate space and resources, and access to services, while developing and implementing approaches that will maximize the collaborations among program areas. Her duties include planning, directing, and coordinating project activities. She also manages the Mississippi Black Leadership Institute.

Director of Resource Development & Communications

Nsombi Lambright

Nsombi Lambright is the Director of Development and Programs at One Voice. In that position, she is responsible for grassroots fundraising and program coordination at One Voice. Working very closely with the MS State Conference NAACP, Nsombi coordinates work to dismantle the school to prison pipeline, to reduce the mass incarceration of people of color and coordinates the organization’s election protection work.Nsombi sits on the boards of the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Mississippi Veteran’s of the Civil Rights Movement and the Mississippi Low Income Child Care Initiative. She is also a member of the Jackson Branch NAACP, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Jackson Alignment.Nsombi also served on the late Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba’s transition team after his election in July of 2013. Nsombi is the proud mother of one son who is a 2016 graduate of Lanier High School in Jackson, MS.

Communications Manager

Ashura Lewis

Ashura Lewis joined the One Voice team in July 2015. A native of Jackson, Ashura taught high school English, Drama, and Creative Writing in both Louisiana and Mississippi public school districts. At One Voice she is responsible for print and digital information, communication campaign strategies, social media, branding, and other event/activity communication concerns. Ashura earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Jackson State University and her Juris Doctor degree from Mississippi College School of Law. She is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association and a published science fiction author.

Strategy Consultant

Frank Figgers

Mr. Figgers is a lifelong resident of Jackson, MS and comes to One Voice via the Jackson, MS Algebra Project, where he served as Community and Parent Development Specialist. He focuses on logistics management, community outreach development and campaign advocacy support. Mr. Figgers retired from the Sherwin Williams Co. as an Architectural Product Specialist after 27 year of service. He held several management positions during his tenure with Sherwin Williams including Assistant Branch Manager, Branch Manager, and Operations Manager.

Digital/Print Media Specialist & Civic Engagement

Monica Taylor-McInnis

Monica Taylor-McInnis joined the One Voice team in 2008 as a volunteer. She was later hired as the Database Manager. Monica assists with the daily operation of the Database System, which includes modifying and organizing the database system to make it easier to store, edit, and retrieve information, as well as having the database readily available and accessible at all times. She also serves the photographer and videographer for One Voice, having received training from Co-Lab at MIT for videography. Monica has an Associate’s degree from Virginia College in Computer Networking, several certifications in Microsoft Office, and she also attended Hinds Community College and Jackson State University.

IT Specialist

Derrick Jones


Community Engagement & Education

Charles Taylor

Social Media & Communications

Amber Thomas

Media Contributor

Brentton Jackson

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