National Action Network (NAN) & Rev. Al Sharpton Announce Prominent Position Hires At Leading National Civil Rights Group

NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK (NAN) & REV. AL SHARPTON ANNOUNCE PROMINENT POSITION HIRES AT LEADING NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP

FAITH BLACKBURNE NAMED ASSOCIATE BUREAU CHIEF OF THE NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK WASHINGTON, DC BUREAU & JESSICA ARIAS NAMED NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

October 31, 2013 (New York, NY)—-Rev. Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network (NAN), one of the country’s leading civil rights organizations, is pleased to announce prominent new additions to NAN’s national team.

In August, on the heels of organizing the historic 50th Anniversary National Action to Realize the Dream March, Rev. Al Sharpton appointed Janaye Ingram to the position of Acting National Executive Director.

Now, as a reflection of NAN’s growth and scope of activism, Rev. Sharpton and National Action Network are pleased to announce two new senior leadership positions have been filled. Faith Blackburne has been named Associate Bureau Chief of the NAN Washington, DC Bureau and Jessica Arias has been appointed NAN’s National Director of Operations. Both Blackburne and Arias will report to NAN’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel Michael A. Hardy and Janaye Ingram, National Executive Director.

Ms. Blackburne’s career has been committed to civil rights and public service. She has worked in government and in the not-for-profit and private sector. Her career has been dedicated to being an activist and advocate for all disenfranchised people. As the new Associate Bureau Chief of National Action Network’s Washington, DC Bureau she will be responsible for analyzing various federal, state, county and local policy initiatives that relate to NAN’s policy and advocacy priorities, particularly for the communities NAN serves. Ms. Blackburne will track legislative priorities that impact civil rights, civil liberties, criminal justice and education. She will design innovative strategies to enhance NAN’s policy work and involvement within the chapters. According to Ms. Blackburne: “I am excited and looking forward to expanding NAN’s legislative agenda in Washington.”

As National Director of Operations, Jessica Arias will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations and human resources for NAN’s growing national staff. Ms. Arias possesses extensive experience in the administrative field as the former Assistant to the Senior Structural Project Manager on the One World Trade Center, the project formerly known as the Freedom Tower. According to Ms. Arias: “I came to NAN because I wanted to be a part of a change movement. I immigrated to New York at age nine from the Dominican Republic and I am attracted to NAN’s work with other cultures and groups. I’m honored to be a part of an organization that is making a national impact on civil rights.”

According to Janaye Ingram, NAN’s National Executive Director: “We are looking forward to a new chapter in NAN’s development as we continue expansion across the country, and Ms. Blackburne and Ms. Arias are seasoned professionals that will support NAN’s 2014 platform to turn demonstration to legislation.”

National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the nation with over 60 chapters throughout the U.S. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works in the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, national origin, and gender.

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