Yumeka Rushing is the Chief Strategy Officer at the NAACP. In this role she provides leadership and oversight for the execution of strategic initiatives and advances the NAACP’s public policy agenda. She has primary responsibility for strategy and integration through all levels of the Association. Early in her career, Yumeka worked as a litigator, and later served as Director at the Mississippi Center for Justice. Following large-scale disasters, she advanced equity as Gulf Coast Policy Advisor at Oxfam America. Yumeka is a former program officer at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation where she leveraged the foundation’s resources to ensure children’s success. She earned an undergraduate degree from Spelman College, a master’s degree from Pace University and holds a juris doctorate from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.