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.
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.
Janaye Ingram is the National Executive Director of National Action Network (NAN), a national civil rights organization with a modern agenda and a goal to create one standard of justice and decency for all. In this role, she oversees NAN’s action agenda and legislative advocacy work under Founder and President, Rev. Al Sharpton and focuses on various issues including education, criminal justice, housing, technology, economic development and healthcare among others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.