A Des Moines native, Victoria was born, raised, and proudly resides on the city’s east side. She is a graduate of North High School. Victoria attended HBCU Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA prior to graduating with Honors from DeVry University.
Victoria returned to Des Moines in 2004 to begin a corporate career. However, in 2015 she chose to transition out of the corporate world to work in and with locally oriented businesses. Currently, she manages the day-to-day operations of the RideShare program for the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART).
Victoria began her activism at an early age in Youth Working for a Positive Change, a youth group of the Des Moines Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI). Her experience there grew into a passion for ensuring youth voices are heard and teaching our youth the methodology surrounding advocacy and how to put it into action when the time arises.
Walking in the footsteps of hometown hero Mrs. Sue Brown, who was a founding member of the branch (1915) and founded the cities first NAACP Youth Chapter (1925), Victoria served as Advisor of the Des Moines NAACP Youth Council from 2015-2020. In 2018 she was elected to serve on the National Youth Works Committee of the NAACP as the Region IV Adult Representative and as the secretary of the Des Moines Branch. In 2019 she was appointed to the position of State Advisor of the Iowa-Nebraska State Conference of the NAACP and in November 2020 Victoria was elected to President of the Des Moines Branch.
In addition to her NAACP activities, Victoria spends a significant amount of time researching the historical contributions of Iowa’s black citizens and is a genealogist. She has served as Worthy Matron of Princess Zorah #10, as a Grand Officer of the Electa Grand Chapter of Iowa (Order of the Eastern Star-PHA) and is a member of the Daughters of the Imperial Court, AEAONMS-PHA as well as the Tawasi Federated Women's Club (Iowa Association of Colored Women's Clubs). In 2020 Victoria helped to found the National African American Gun Association's Des Moines chapter (Col. Charles Young Gun Club - NAAGA DSM).
Most importantly, Victoria is mother to a 4-year-old member of our Youth Council.