A Des Moines native, Victoria was born, raised, and proudly resides on the city’s east side. She is a class of 2000 graduate of North High School. She attended HBCU Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA prior to graduating with Honors from DeVry University.
Victoria returned to Des Moines to begin her career in the corporate world where she worked at Wells Fargo for 11 years. While there she was an active member of the WF Team Member Resource Group, Black/African Connection. In 2015 she chose to transition out of the corporate world to work in and with locally oriented businesses. Currently she Supervises the RideShare vanpool program for the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART).
Victoria begin 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), she serves as Advisor of the Des Moines NAACP Youth Council. In 2018 she was elected to serve on the National Youth Works Committee of the NAACP as the Region IV Adult Representative. Victoria also serves the Iowa-Nebraska State Conference of the NAACP as the State Advisor.
In addition to her NAACP activities, Victoria has volunteered with resettling African Refugees in the Des Moines Metro, spends a significant amount of time researching the historical contributions of Iowa’s black population, is a genealogist, 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, is a member of the Daughters of the Imperial Court, AEAONMS-PHA. Victoria is also mother to Langston Miles, a 4 year old member of our Youth Council.
Secretary & Youth Council Advisor