Benjamin Jealous

President, NAACP
Benjamin Todd Jealous is the 17th President and Chief Executive Officer of the NAACP and the youngest person to hold this position in the organization’s nearly 100-year history. During his career, he has served as president of the Rosenberg Foundation, a private independent institution that funds civil and human rights advocacy to benefit California's working families; Director of the U.S. Human Rights Program at Amnesty International, where he led efforts to pass federal legislation against prison rape, rebuild public consensus against racial profiling in the wake of the September 2001 terrorist attacks, and expose the widespread sentencing of children to life without the possibility of parole; and Executive Director of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), a federation of more than 200 black community newspapers. While at the NNPA, he rebuilt its 90-year old national news service and launched a Web-based initiative that more than doubled the number of black newspapers publishing online.

In civic life, Jealous is a board member of the California Council for the Humanities and the Association of Black Foundation Executives, as well as a member of the Asia Society. He is married to Lia Epperson Jealous, a professor of constitutional law and former civil rights litigator with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

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