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Mount Alumna Karen Boykin-Towns Elected Vice Chair of NAACP National Board


Riverdale, N.Y. – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) elected Mount alumna Karen Boykin-Towns as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at its annual board meeting on February 17 in New York.

Ms. Boykin-Towns ’87 graduated cum laude from the College with a degree in business and earned her M.B.A. shortly after from Baruch College. Since graduating from Mount Saint Vincent, she has held several high-profile positions in the public and private sectors. She has had a career that spans more than two decades with Pfizer, holding several leadership roles in government relations, public affairs, and global policy, and most notably serving as the Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Pfizer Innovative Health. In this role, Ms. Boykin-Towns leads all of Pfizer’s public affairs, government relations, policy, and communication efforts around the globe. She also has the distinction of having served as the company’s first Chief Diversity Officer.

Despite demanding professional responsibilities, Ms. Boykin-Towns uses her talents in support of a very active civic life. A life member of the NAACP, she serves as a member of the National Board of Directors, Chairman of its National Health Committee, and President Emeritus of the Brooklyn Branch.

“Karen Boykin-Towns is an amazing talent that the NAACP is honored to have as its Board Vice Chair,” said NAACP Board Chairman Leon W. Russell. “She brings a level of accomplishment in the public and private sector, breaking glass ceilings and serving as a model for women of color everywhere.”

Read the NAACP’s announcement.

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