Rev. Al Sharpton is the founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN), a not-for-profit civil rights organization headquartered in Harlem, New York, with over sixty chapters nationwide including a Washington, DC Bureau and regional offices from coast to coast.
As one of the nation’s most-renowned civil rights leaders, a March 2013 Zogby poll said one out of every four African-Americans say that Rev. Sharpton is the person that speaks most for them. Rev. Sharpton polled higher than any other civil rights or political leader in this public opinion survey.
Janaye Ingram is the Acting National Executive Director of National Action Network (NAN) and oversees NAN’s action agenda and legislative advocacy work under Founder and President, Rev. Al Sharpton. In this role, she focuses on various issues including education, criminal justice, housing, technology, economic development and healthcare among others. Janaye has been with the organization for two years, previously serving as the Washington, DC Bureau Chief, during which she led the organization’s efforts around the 2012 Voter Engagement Tour, coalition work on issues like Stand Your Ground, planning of the 2012 and 2013 conventions and most recently planning the “National Action to Realize the Dream Rally and March” in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.
Michael A. Hardy, Esq. has been a practicing attorney since 1988. He is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York, each of the New York State Federal Districts, The Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. In 2008, he officially assumed the position of General Counsel to the National Action Network. He is one of the Founders of the National Action Network. He has been involved in Movement politics and the fight for a more perfect union since 1981.
Dominique Sharpton was born on July 31st, 1986 to Rev. Al and Kathy Jordan Sharpton. She has been an influential force in the National Action Network since she formally joined in 2008. Since 2008, as the membership director, Dominique has led the increase in NAN members to 10,000, while working with over 47 chapters around the country to increase their membership. She has not only led the organization in terms of expansion, but she has staunchly promoted activism with the rising youth, motivating real action. She has worked hard to encourage, empower, and educate the youth for the continuation of civil rights activism and to bridge the gap between the new and the old, to ensure action in the generations to come.
Paul W. Persaud serves as the National Project Coordinator for the National Action Network. He is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University with a bachelor’s degree in Sports/Entertainment & Events Management. While in school, Paul wore multiple hats as Head Resident Assistant, President of Men of Distinction, Co-chair of Eta Sigma Delta Honors Society and college DJ. With over five years of experience within project and events management, Paul served as co-panel organizer along with Attorney Michael A. Hardy at NAN’s 20th Anniversary National Convention. Most recently, he took the lead on panel organization for our 14th Annual convention in Washington, DC. Paul also manages website content, Facebook, and Twitter for the organization.
Reverend Michael A. Walrond, Jr. is the seventh Senior Pastor of the historic First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York. A native of Freeport, New York, Rev. Walrond pursued his undergraduate studies at Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religion. During his matriculation at Morehouse, Rev. Walrond accepted his call to ministry and began to work diligently through education and service to prepare for a life in ministry.
Kenita Lloyd currently serves as the Director of Development for the National Action Network (NAN). As the newest member of the NAN leadership team, she will serve as a key fundraising and membership advisor and will play a lead role in management for the organization. Bringing with her a wealth of experience in operations, Ms. Lloyd seeks to establish goals for increased membership and revenue streams for National Action Network while seeking innovative ways to tap into the accelerated growth of NAN across the country.
LaMon Bland currently serves as the National Field Director for the National Action Network (NAN). As a new member of the NAN leadership team, he oversees chapter growth and sustainability initiatives throughout the nation. In doing so, his role includes integrating local chapter involvement with that of NAN’s National agenda; identifying opportunities for chartering new chapters…