LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04:  NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous arrives at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on March 4, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Benjamin Todd Jealous

Ben Jealous

NAACP President

Even before his election as the 17th president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 2009, Benjamin Todd Jealous already had a resume for grassroots work in the realm of civil rights. From community organizing during his college days at Columbia University, to serving as Director of the U.S. Human Rights Program at Amnesty International, Jealous has made equality his primary focus. His work with the NAACP has allowed him to continue this agenda and achieve gorundbreaking work.