Dedrick Muhammad

Dedrick Muhammad is the Senior Director of the NAACP’s Economic Department and the Executive Director of the Financial Freedom Center.  He has testified at Congressional briefings, participated in White House meetings and has been cited and interviewed in the New York TimesThe NationWashington Post, Chicago Tribune, CNN Headline News and Democracy Now for his expertise on economic equity, race and inequalities and politics.

He began his professional career working in higher education serving as an academic advisor at Morgan State University, where he helped coordinate a college program at the maximum-security prison for women in New York State, Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. Muhammad’s work related to higher education also includes his time as Executive Director of Global Justice, a network of student groups across the country dedicated to challenging the health and economic disparities throughout the world.

In 2000 Muhammad joined Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN), where he served as the National Crisis Coordinator and then as the National Field Director. While at NAN Muhammad worked with organizations across the country to remove barriers to opportunity for African Americans.

 HIs professional work in economic equity began at United For A Fair Economy (UFE) where he served as coordinator of the Racial Wealth Divide Project.

While at UFE, Muhammad co-founded the State of the Dream report and has been a co-author of this annual report for five years. The report provides News, analysis and commentary on issues of race, urban development and economic disparities, among other issues in communities of color.

Senior Director, NAACP’s Economic Department

Areas of Expertise: Economics, Race & Inequalities, Politics as it Relates to African Americans

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:

Phone: (443) 540-1488


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Twitter: @DedrickM

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