Annett James, is a mom, speaker, an advocate for social and economic equality, and president of NAACP Boulder County Branch. A native of rural Mississippi, she found her way to Boulder, Colorado to study at the University of Colorado, and has lived in Boulder since.
Annett has always had a passion for education, economics and business. These interests bloomed during her studies. She was a member of Black Student Alliance, and supported the First Nations Committee. They were the catalyst to her membership in multiple nonprofit organizations and boards, including the Family Learning Center and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. A former chair of the United Black Women of Boulder Valley, she worked to promote the educational, economic, political and social welfare of Black people in Boulder Valley.
During her time as an investment broker, she taught training seminars for Black and People of Color that focused on the importance of financial planning that included knowledge of debt and equity instruments. She was one of a small group of investment brokers that lobbied fortune 500 companies to conduct some of their stock trades using Black brokers. Annett enjoys inventing and product development and has a granted utility patent.
Annett helped to found the Joan Washington Scholarship Fund which provided a monetary stipend to Black high school graduates from Boulder and St. Vrain Valley School Districts and the Charles and Mildred Nilon Scholarship which is awarded to a student majoring in education at the University of Colorado who plans to teach in diverse schools.
Currently Annett’s spark is fixated on expanding the reach and vision of the NAACP Boulder County Branch.