Our success lies with our team of highly experienced professionals.
A. Shuanise Washington
President and CEO
A. Shuanise Washington is responsible for charting the future of NAMIC, including guiding strategic planning efforts and leveraging the organization’s existing strengths.
An executive with more than 25 years of experience in the non-profit and corporate sector, Ms. Washington led the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation for five years, where she oversaw public policy, research, educational and fundraising initiatives. Most notably, she supervised the Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), a five-day, policy gathering in Washington, D.C., that draws prominent figures from across politics, business, entertainment, academia and other sectors each September. Prior to her appointment as president of CBCF, Ms. Washington was the president, founder and CEO of Washington Solutions, LLC, a firm she founded in 2008 after a long and successful career working at the highest levels of corporate America. The firm provided strategic counsel to businesses of all sizes, governments and non-profit organizations, filling a critical range of needs for them, including political outreach, coalition building and grassroots advocacy. Her work in external and government affairs included tenures at Altria Corporate Services, Inc. and Philip Morris.
A graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Humanities and Social Sciences Cognate in Mathematics, Ms. Washington has also participated in leadership programs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Business and Columbia Business School Executive Education Program. She also holds a long and deep belief in philanthropy and civic engagement. In addition to numerous charitable efforts she undertakes, Ms. Washington serves as a commissioner on the Maryland – National Capital Park and Planning Commission; is the former chair of the board for the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.; and is a member of the Community Foundation Prince George’s County, Maryland and The Links, Incorporated. She has received numerous awards and has been featured in various national and local publications.
James C. Jones
Senior Vice President, Education and Diversity Solutions
As the Senior Vice President of Education and Diversity Solutions, Jim oversees the association’s education programs and professional development initiatives. He also manages day-to-day NAMIC Foundation operations.
Jim Jones joined the NAMIC team in Fall 2005 after spending nearly a decade launching a wide range of diversity, team building, mentoring and other multicultural programs for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), a national non-profit whose mission is to increase the numbers of successful African American, American Indian and Latino men and women in the engineering, technology and math-based fields. Before joining NACME, he had consulted in the corporate, government, educational, and not-for-profit sectors, designing and implementing training and development initiatives related to increasing organizational effectiveness through building and nurturing a diverse workforce.
With a B.A. from Harvard, Jim attended New York’s Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied classical singing. He eventually was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to France, and spent four years studying and performing in European concert and opera venues. After much “soul-searching,” he eventually returned to America and attended the Columbia Business School, where he received an M.B.A. in strategic human resources. Jim hails from St. Louis, Missouri.
Vice President, Events and Partner Relations
As the Vice President of Events and Partner Relations, Sandra Girado leads the production and management of NAMIC’s national events, and also oversees key marketing and creative services.
Sandra brings to NAMIC close to a decade of experience in the meeting planning and trade show industry. Prior to joining NAMIC in June 2005, she served as the Programs Administrator for the International Council of Shopping Centers where she was responsible for the management of educational programs, including faculty recruitment and curriculum scheduling. In that position she also worked to facilitate programs in Asia, Mexico, the Middle East and Moscow. Sandra also worked with the EastWest Institute, where she was responsible for planning Global Homeland Security Conferences for the international community. Additionally, she was the Special Events Manager for Lebhar-Friedman, a New York based publishing company.
She is a graduate of Manhattan College, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and International Business.
S. Monique Wells
Director of Finance and Administration
Monique Wells is the Director of Finance and Administration for the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications’ (NAMIC). Prior to that she was their Manager of Operations, a position she assumed in August, 2009.
Monique is no stranger to NAMIC and has been a member since 1991. She served as a consultant to NAMIC for a number of special projects, prior to joining the staff. As Director of Finance and Administration, she oversees the administrative and financial operations of the national office.
An accomplished professional with a diverse background in sales and project management, Monique previously served as an Energy Conservation Analyst with the Los Angeles Unified School District where she oversaw the utility management for school construction projects. Prior to that, Monique was a National Sales and Marketing Executive for Patriot Communications where she was responsible for the sales, marketing and contract negotiations of enhanced telecommunications products and services.
Before joining Patriot, Monique worked at HBO in Affiliate Sales, where she created and implemented sales strategies and account activities for HBO and Cinemax. Her responsibilities included sales, client services, off-channel promotions and special events. During her tenure at HBO, Monique was an active member of the NAMIC-Southern California chapter and served on the Steering Committee for the Vision Awards and chaired both the Sponsorship and Talent Committees.
Preceding her tenure in communications, Monique held several executive positions for Kraft General Foods and Sportsvisions, a sports marketing company based in Northern California. Monique earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Clark University in Worcester, MA and a MBA degree in general business and marketing from Atlanta University, now known as Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA. She is on the planning committee for the American Heart Association’s Harlem Go Red For Women Educational Forum and volunteers for the New York Common Pantry, a New York City community based food pantry.
Senior Manager, Membership and Publications
As the Senior Manager of Membership and Publications, Susan Waldman oversees the day-to-day facilitation of NAMIC’s membership operations, as well as market research to drive growth. She is also responsible for the production of NAMIC’s industry-wide publication, Diversity Digest.
She launched her career in market research as a media planner on such accounts as Loews Hotels and Omnipoint Communications at Hill, Holliday Altschiller and McCann Direct advertising agencies. There she was introduced to the gamut of advertising research resources as she planned and purchased the media for various clients. After a few years, Susan moved over to the magazine industry.
Susan has served as the Marketing Research Manager at Vibe, Spin and The Source magazines and Research Director at Motor Trend magazine. Supporting 20 sales representatives by providing them with competitive and analytic research regarding each magazine’s audience, she has honed her research expertise.
Susan received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
Brandon D. Hewlett
Digital Media and Brand Marketing Associate
Brandon D. Hewlett provides ongoing support of all marketing and promotion related to company wide initiatives, programs and events at the national and local levels. With strong knowledge in the growing digital media space. Brandon manages marketing projects from conception to completion. Handling multiple elements including advertising (print and digital), analytics, email campaigns, social media engagement and web content creation.
Prior to joining the team at NAMIC, Brandon was a Marketing Analyst at BeautiControl, Inc. (Tupperware Brands) where he helped develop a new Merchandising Database. While supporting the Marketing team with ad-hoc reports and KPIs (Key Performance Indicators).
Brandon is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media Technologies and African American Studies.