Partner – Kapor Capital
Benjamin Jealous is an American political and civic leader and the former president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He is currently a partner at Kapor Capital. Ben has been a leader of successful state and local movements to ban the death penalty, outlaw racial profiling, defend voting rights, secure marriage equality, and free multiple wrongfully incarcerated people. Under his leadership, the NAACP grew to be the largest civil rights organization online and on mobile, experienced its first multi-year membership growth in 20 years, and became the largest community-based nonpartisan voter registration operation in the country.
Prior to leading the NAACP, he spent 15 years serving as a journalist and community organizer. Jealous currently serves on the Board of Directors of the tech firm Pigeonly, which helps incarcerated men and women stay in contact with their families and society through low-cost cutting-edge voice and image sharing technology. He is an advisor to both WorkAmerica — a social impact startup that helps unemployed Americans embark on well-paying technical careers — and PayNearMe — a startup that helps people who do not have credit cards access to online economy. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Level Playing Field Institute, Rosenberg Foundation, and Southern Elections Fund.