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"The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is simply the best civil rights law firm in American history." -- President Obama

Board of Directors

National Officers

  • David W. Mills

    Chair
    Professor of Practice and Senior Lecturer, Stanford Law School, Director of Clinical Education at Stanford (RET.), Managing Partner of Harbourton Enterprises
  • Gerald S. Adolph

    Chair
    Senior Partner, Strategy&
  • Patrick A Bradford

    Secretary
    General Counsel, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
  • Clifford P. Case III

    Treasurer
    Partner, Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP
  • Sherrilyn Ifill

    President and Director-Counsel
    NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc.
  • Janai Nelson

    Associate Director-Counsel
    NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc.

National Board of Directors

  • William J. Bynum

    CEO
    Hope Enterprise Corporation/Hope Credit Union
  • Judith I. Byrd

    President, Byrd Retail Group, LLC
  • James Castillo

    Retired United Parcel Service District Operation Vice President
  • Gregory Evans

    Principal, Integer Law Corporation
  • Toni G. Fay

    Former Executive, Time Warner, Inc.
  • Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

    Director of W.E.B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research, Harvard University
  • Laurie Robinson Haden

    Senior Vice President & Assistant General Counsel
    CBS Corporation
  • David E. Kendall

    Partner, Williams & Connolly
  • Michael R. Klein

    Co-Founder & Chairman, The Sunlight Foundation
  • Tonya Lewis Lee

    Principal, Madstone Company, Inc.
  • William Lighten

    Managing Director, Eland Capital Partners
  • Cecilia S. Marshall

    Civic Leader
  • Gabriella E. Morris

    Former President, The Prudential Foundation
  • Charles J. Ogletree, Jr.

    Professor, Harvard University School of Law
  • Adebayo Ogunlesi

    Chairman and Managing Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners
  • Luis Penalver

    Partner, Corporate Group Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
  • Steven B. Pfeiffer

    Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP
  • Daniel L. Rabinowitz

    Managing Director
    AIG
  • Judith McCartin Scheide

    Former Development Officer, Princeton University
  • Jonathan Soros

    CEO
    JS Capital Management, LLC
  • Angela Vallot

    President, VallotKarp

Senior Directors

  • Anthony G. Amsterdam

  • Eleanor S. Applewhaite

  • Dr. Mary Frances Berry

  • William T. Coleman, Jr.

  • Nannette B. Gibson

  • Jack Greenberg

  • Louis Harris

  • Anna Faith Jones

  • Jetta N. Jones

  • Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.

  • John D. Maguire

  • Richard M. Moss

  • Lawrence Newman

  • Martin D. Payson

  • Robert O. Preyer

  • Charles B. Renfrew

  • Paul N. Roth

  • Judith T. Sapers

  • Frederick A. O. Schwarz, Jr.

  • John W. Walker

  • George Wallerstein

  • Theodore V. Wells, Jr.

  • Andrew Young

  • Karen Hastie Williams

Co-Chairs Emeriti

  • William M. Lewis, Jr.

  • Martin D. Payson

  • William T. Coleman, Jr.

  • Theodore V. Wells, Jr.

Directors Emeriti

  • Billye Suber Aaron

  • Clarence Avant

  • Alice M. Beasley

  • Anita Lyons Bond

  • William H. Brown III

  • Talbot D'Alemberte

  • Peter J. DeLuca

  • Anthony S. Downs

  • Marian Wright Edelman

  • Clarence Finley

  • Norman C. Francis

  • Ronald T. Gault

  • Lucy Durr Hackney

  • Charles V. Hamilton

  • Patricia L. Irvin

  • Quincy Jones

  • Caroline B. Kennedy

  • George E. Marshall, Jr.

  • Glendora McIlwain Putnam

  • C. Carl Randolph

  • Gilbert T. Ray

  • Wayman F. Smith III

  • Michael I. Sovern

  • Bonnie Kayatta Steingart

  • Jay Topkis

  • Roger W. Wilkins

  • E. Thomas Williams, Jr.

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