Benjamin Todd Jealous
Benjamin Todd Jealous (born January 18, 1973) is an American civic leader and politician. He served as the president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 2008 to 2013. When he was selected to head the NAACP at age 35, he became the organization’s youngest-ever national leader. The Washington Post in 2013 described him as “one of the nation’s most prominent civil rights leaders.”Jealous ran for Governor of Maryland in the 2018 election. He ran as a Democrat, and won the party’s nomination in the June 2018 primary, defeating Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker and seven other candidates. However, he lost in the general election to the incumbent governor, Republican Larry Hogan.Jealous is a partner at Kapor Capital, Board Chairman of the Southern Elections Fund and one of the John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs Visiting Professors at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. In 2013, Jealous was named a Young Global Leader by the Davos World Economic Forum.