Ben Jealous is a Senior Fellow at American Progress. He is the former president and CEO of the NAACP and currently works as a partner at Kapor Capital, an Oakland-based firm that leverages the technology sector to create progressive social change. At American Progress, he will focus on tracking political trends that affect civil and human rights and will contribute to developing policy solutions that ensure equity and opportunity for all Americans.
Jealous was elected to lead the NAACP in 2008. During his tenure, he focused the organization on voting rights and criminal justice reform and oversaw the launch of several national programs on education, health, and environmental justice. Jealous was the youngest person ever appointed to lead the organization and expanded the NAACP’s capacity to organize around issues pertaining to the economy and voter registration and mobilization.
Jealous’ career began in 1991, when he served as a community organizer in Harlem with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Among his many achievements and accolades, Jealous was named one of Time‘s “40 Under 40″ rising stars of American politics in 2010 and was recently designated as a young global leader by the World Economic Forum.
A graduate of Columbia University and Oxford University and a Rhodes scholar, Jealous also served as the president of the Rosenberg Foundation and was the founding director of Amnesty International’s U.S. Human Rights Program.