NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous has announced his plans to step down from his post at the 104-year old civil rights organization on December 31, 2013.
On Monday, he released the following statement: “The NAACP has always been the largest civil rights organization in the streets, and today it is also the largest civil rights organization online, on mobile and at the ballot box too,” stated Jealous. “I am proud to leave the Association financially sound, sustainable, focused, and more powerful than ever. Beginning next year, I look forward to pursuing opportunities in academia to train the next generation of leaders and, of course, spending a lot more time with my young family.”
40-year old Jealous was installed as the NAACP’s president in 2008. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife, attorney Lia Epperson, and their two children.