National Staff

Rev. Al Sharpton

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.

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Michael A. Hardy, Esq.

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.

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Janaye Ingram

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.

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Dominique Sharpton

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.

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Paul W. Persaud

Paul W. Persaud serves as the National Project Manager for the National Action Network and oversees website and social media work under Founder and President, Rev. Al Sharpton. He is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University with a bachelor’s degree in Sports/Entertainment & Events Management. In this role, he focuses on growing and managing the organizations social media platforms and has increased presence to hundreds of thousands of followers. Paul also maintains daily updates on NAN’s official website.

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Jacky Johnson

Jacky Johnson currently serves as a communications manager for National Action Network. She is a native of Oakland, California where she became involved in social justice issues, spearheading projects targeting youth violence and access to comprehensive services.

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Pastor Michael A. Walrond, Jr.

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.

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Faith T. Blackburne

Faith T. Blackburne has been committed to civil rights, public service, government, the not for profit, and private sectors throughout her career. At an early age her parents instilled in her the importance of public service. In following that model, she has been an activist and advocate for disenfranchised people. Her passion for civil rights and politics stemming from engaging in public policy debates and the political process that affect all communities of color.

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Jessica Arias

Jessica Arias currently serves as National Director of Operations, Jessica will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations and human resources for NAN’s growing national staff.

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Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, III

Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, IIIVice President, Religious Affairs and External Relations, National Action Network
Pastor, Charity Missionary Baptist Church, North Charleston, SC

From the small farming community of Bennett’s Point, SC and nearby Charleston, Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, III, son of Merelyn and the late Nelson Rivers, Jr., is a preacher of the Gospel, civil rights professional, and community organizer. He has served as the guest preacher at churches in 23 states from Florida to California and Hawaii.

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Ms. Trudy B. Grant

Trudy B. GrantManager, Religious Affairs and External Relations

From a very young age Trudy Lucas Grant’s passion was the fight for liberty and justice for all. God blessed her with the opportunity to work in her true calling when in March 2010 she accepted the position of Manager of Stakeholder Relations for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

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Rev. Charles L. White, Jr.

revwhiteNational Field Director

Known as a strategic thinker, coalition builder, visionary and activist and believing in the urgency of now, Rev. Charles L. White, Jr. has dedicated his life to the cause of civil and human rights. A native of the Sea Islands of Charleston, SC, he earned a BA in Religious Studies from the University of South Carolina and a MA of Divinity from Gammon Theological Seminary of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA.

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