Stephanie Mash Sykes, Esq.

Executive Director


Stephanie Mash Sykes is the Executive Director and General Counsel of the African American Mayors Association. Prior to joining AAMA, she served as the Director of Governmental Affairs for African Americans working with the Office of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. Stephanie has also worked as an executive compensation and employee benefits attorney in top law firms in New York City, NY and Palo Alto, CA. As an attorney, she also devoted many pro bono hours to advising non-profit organizations and small businesses, and received the New York Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Publico Award for outstanding pro bono legal service. Prior to law school, Stephanie worked as a policy analyst at the New Jersey General Assembly where she focused on legislation related to municipal governance, consumer affairs, and economic development and assisted with the Black Caucus of the General Assembly. Stephanie received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Princeton University where she majored in Politics and received certificates in African American Studies and Latin American Studies.


Everton Morris, Esq.

Deputy Executive Director



Everton Morris is the Deputy Executive Director of the African American Mayors Association. He received a J.D. from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from Morehouse College before working as an Associate Attorney at a New Jersey law firm. Everton became acquainted with the opportunities and challenges of local governments as Executive Assistant for the successful 2011 campaign of Mayor Alvin Brown, the first African-American Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida. Prior to joining AAMA, Everton also served as General Counsel for a federal government IT contractor.


Demarius Love

Operations Associate



Demarius Love serves as the Operations Associate of the African American Mayors Association.  Prior to joining AAMA, he served as the Executive Assistant to the Honorable Judge Rachel Bell (General Sessions Court, Davidson Co.), as well as a former intern staffer to Congressman Jim Cooper (TN, District 5), and as a Deputy Clerk to the office of the Davidson County Clerk, Brenda Wynn.  Both a public and civic servant, Love is an alumnus of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Summer Congressional Internship Program, serving in the office of Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II (MO, District 5) and a graduate of the New Leaders Council (Nashville Chapter). Demarius served on the Executive Board for both the New Leaders Council, and the Urban League of Young Professionals, Middle Tennessee. Love is an alumnus of Middle Tennessee State University where he earned a B. S. in Criminal Justice Administration.