Aba Blankson is a visionary executive and the current Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for the NAACP. Blankson oversees and develops communication strategies, campaigns, and partner collaborations to elevate the NAACP brand’s products and services. Some of Blankson’s most influential campaigns include #WEAREDONEDYING, a campaign to raise awareness of the inequities in the healthcare system, and “COVID Unmasked,” a virtual event discussing the impacts of the pandemic in 2020. Ms. Blankson has nearly twenty years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining the NAACP, Ms. Blankson served as Senior Director for Marketing and Communications at The Common Application, where she spearheaded the development of strategic marketing and public engagement plans to advance the association’s brand identity as a thought leader in higher education. Previously, Ms. Blankson served as a communications and outreach officer within the U.S. Department of State. She has also held roles in marketing, communications, and information technology at Hood College, Towson University, and Cornell University. Ms. Blankson grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Hood College. She went on to earn an MS in Computer Science from Towson University and an MBA from the Cornell University SC Johnson College of Business. She enjoys travel, hiking, photography and writing.