Roger Vann

Speaker Profile

Roger C. Vann

Roger Vann
Executive Director
State Voices
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Roger C. Vann has been Executive Director at State Voices since 2014. He previously served as COO and chief of staff for the National NAACP where he planned and directed the organization’s successful 2012 civic engagement campaign, which secured over 430,000 voter registrations nationwide. As a young NAACP leader in New Haven, Connecticut, Roger helped win critical victories on a range of issues including living wage, public sector employment diversity and police misconduct. In 1999, as president of the Connecticut NAACP, he led a statewide grassroots effort to win passage of one of the nation’s first laws addressing racial profiling. A lifelong champion of civil liberties, workers’ rights and reproductive freedom, he has also served as executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut, director of the African American Hiring Initiative for UNITE HERE and director of a pioneering manhood mentoring program for Planned Parenthood of Connecticut. Roger’s long journey in the social justice movement began at age 5 when he was the first black student to integrate his elementary school.


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