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Benjamin Jealous

Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Benjamin Jealous, the former President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow. At Penn Carey Law, Jealous teaches a course on Leadership and Racial Justice and works with students in mentorship settings. Jealous previously served as the President of People for the American Way, “a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity, and justice for all,” and was the Democratic candidate for Governor of Maryland in the 2018 election. In November 2022, Jealous was named Executive Director of the Sierra Club.

In 2008, Jealous was chosen as the youngest-ever president and CEO of the NAACP, and in 2013, the Baltimore Sun named him “Marylander of the Year,” honoring his work on marriage equality, death penalty abolition, and DREAM Act advocacy. He was also a partner at Kapor Capital, and previously served as director of the U.S. Human Rights Program at Amnesty International.

Jealous is a graduate of Columbia University and Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University.