Benjamin Todd Jealous is the former President and CEO of the National NAACP. He is now a Partner at the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kapor Capital, where he invests in high-growth companies that have a positive social impact. Jealous was a Rhodes Scholar, and was named by both Fortune and TIME magazine to their “Top 40 under 40” lists, and was named the Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum. Jealous’ new book “Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding” features personal essays from prominent figures in the black community.
The youngest president in its history, he began his career at age 18 opening mail at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Jealous has been a leader of successful state and local movements to ban the death penalty, outlaw racial profiling, defend voting rights, secure marriage equality, and end mass incarceration.
Under his leadership, the NAACP grew to be the largest civil rights organization online and on mobile, and became the largest community-based nonpartisan voter registration operation in the country. Jealous’ leadership at the NAACP included bringing environmentalist organizations into the fight to protect voting rights, and convincing well-known conservatives to join the NAACP.
Prior to leading the NAACP, he spent 15 years as a journalist and community organizer. While at Mississippi’s Jackson Advocate newspaper, his investigations were credited with exposing corruption at a state penitentiary and proving the innocence of a black farmer framed for arson. While at Amnesty International, he led successful efforts to outlaw prison rape, expose the increasing trend of children being sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, and draw attention to expanded racial profiling in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Please join us at the 2016 Dinner of Reconciliation on November 17, 2016 at the Greenwood Cultural Center. The reception starts at 6:30 p.m. and the Dinner & Program will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.