Janaye M. Ingram

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National Executive Director

National Action Network

Washington, D.C.

Age: 36

 

As national executive director of the civil rights organization National Action Network (NAN), Janaye M. Ingram focuses heavily on fundraising for the organization’s mission of creating “one standard of justice and decency for all.” Ingram bolstered her natural leadership talent with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Clark Atlanta University, a master’s in nonprofit management from New School University and leadership certification from Kansas University. Her role at NAN involves developing and maintaining relationships with other civil rights organizations, as well as with the White House, Congress, key elected officials, and political, nonpartisan and nonprofit organizations alike.

 

Ingram was invited to participate in a panel discussion at the White House with first lady Michelle Obama, featuring women of the Civil Rights Movement — past and present. The first lady described her as “an impressive leader who plays an important role in our progress toward the mountaintop.” In the context of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, she appeared in a French National Television documentary that compared the ongoing struggle for equality and justice in the United States and France. “Justice, women’s rights and youth activism are not only words, they are ways of life,” asserts the 36-year-old.

 

Ingram is a founding board member of the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN), a coalition of women striving for a positive portrayal of women; a co-founder of Ambassadors of Hope, a philanthropic and scholarship campaign in New Jersey; and a a Give1 Project fellow. Black Entertainment Television named her among its “Female Faces of the New Civil Rights Movement.” A voice of activism on the syndicated radio show “Keepin’ It Real with Rev. Al Sharpton,” she is a sought-after speaker for issues related to justice, civil rights, gender and equal opportunity. Her commitment to diversity landed her in National Urban Fellows’ America’s Leaders of Change program.