CHARLOTTE, NC - JULY 19, 2014 - Meredith L. Henderson of Albany, New York, a state senate executive was installed as the 2014 - 2016 North Atlantic Regional Director of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA), a 106-year old international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. Comprised of more than 265,000 members who hail from 986 graduate and undergraduate chapters worldwide, Alpha Kappa Alpha is the nation’s oldest Greek letter organization established by African-American college-educated women.
Henderson, along with the Sorority’s board of directors was sworn in during a culminating ceremony at the group’s weeklong international convention held in Charlotte from July 12 - 18. The installation took place before thousands of members, dignitaries and special guests assembled at the Charlotte Convention Center to witness the event.
As North Atlantic Regional Director, Henderson joined nine other regional directors who serve as local managers of AKA chapters and members within their prescribed geographic territory. Henderson now oversees the region that was the birthplace of the Sorority and includes the states of Massachusetts, Eastern New York, Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia. She is the 33rd woman to hold this position and is a direct report to Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha.
“I assume the role of the North Atlantic Regional Director of Alpha Kappa Alpha with a humble heart and laser-focused commitment to faithfully serve the communities and membership that fall under my purview, as well as the sorority at-large,” said Henderson. “I am excited and energized at the prospect of assuming leadership of a region rich in history and dedicated to service to all mankind.”
Professionally, Henderson is a Chief of Staff in the New York State Senate where she oversees the overall management, administration and operations of her state senator’s offices in Albany and Southeast Queens, NY. Previously, she served as the Deputy Secretary for the President of the New York State Senate, the first African-American and first woman to serve in the position.
Henderson resides in Albany, New York.