Office of the State Executive Director

Da’Quan Marcell Love

Executive Director


Mr. Da’Quan Marcell Love is the sixth Executive Director of the Virginia State Conference NAACP.

A former member of the NAACP National Board of Directors, Da’Quan has served in many national leadership roles including: vice chair of the annual national convention, and chair of the National Youth Work Committee. As national youth work chair, he led the programmatic oversight of the NAACP’s youth and college units across the country. He formerly served as president of the Virginia State Conference NAACP Youth & College Division, where he successfully led a campaign to stop the proposed invalidation of more than 16,000 voter registration applications in 2012.

Aligned with the Virginia NAACP’s intense focus on non-partisan political and voter engagement for the 2021 election cycle, Da’Quan brings an unmatched political acumen to the state conference. A former state legislative candidate and political staffer, Da’Quan has worked on numerous local, state and federal political campaigns as a fundraiser and strategist.

Da’Quan earned his bachelors in political science from historically-black Hampton University and his masters in teaching from North Carolina State University. He serves on the board of directors of Profound Gentlemen and New Leaders Council-North Carolina, and is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Da’Quan is the sixth full-time executive director of the Virginia NAACP, following the likes of former executive directors: Lester Banks (Executive Secretary) 1947-1977; Jack Gravely 1977-1984; W. Paul Matthews 1984-1986; Linda Byrd Harden 1987-1998; King Salim Khalfani 1998-2014.

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