About Us

NBJC Leadership Team

David J. Johns

Executive Director

David J. Johns is known for his passion, public policy acumen and fierce advocacy for youth. He is an enthusiast about equity—leveraging his time, talent and treasures to address the needs of individuals and communities often neglected and ignored. A recognized thought leader and social justice champion, David’s career has focused on improving life outcomes and opportunities for Black people.

On September 1, 2017, David Johns began his next life chapter as the executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC)—a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS. NBJC’s mission is to end racism, homophobia, and LGBTQ bias and stigma.

In 2013, Johns was appointed as the first executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans (Initiative) by President Barack H. Obama and served until the last day of the Obama Administration in January, 2017. The Initiative worked across federal agencies and with partners and communities nationwide to produce a more effective continuum of education and workforce development programs for African American students of all ages. Under his leadership, the Initiative studied the experiences of students—leveraged a partnership with Johnson Publishing Company (EBONY Magazine) to produce a series of African American Educational Summits (AfAmEdSummits) at college campuses throughout the country, where the only experts who sat in front of the White House seal were students as young as elementary school. The recommendations that students made at AfAmEdSummits have been used to improve policies, programs and practices, including curriculum, designed to ensure that students thrive—both in school and in life.

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Isaiah R. Wilson

Director of External Affairs

Isaiah R. Wilson is the Director of External Affairs for the National Black Justice Coalition, where he is focused on the public policy implications of critical issues for Black LGBTQ and same gender loving (SGL) people. His issue areas include: health and wellness; HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention; safe and inclusive schools; employment non-discrimination; relationship recognition; anti-violence; and economic justice. Isaiah leads the organization’s efforts to advocate for sound policy solutions that empower Black LGBTQ/SGL people in the United States, and plays an integral role in the development of NBJC’s rapid response messaging strategy that speaks to the diverse needs of its constituency at the intersection of racial justice and LGBTQ equality. His ultimate role as the external affairs director is to authentically integrate Black LGBTQ/SGL people’s challenges into the greater dialogue within African American communities in order to spur a more inclusive racial justice movement.

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Alexandria Glaize

Operations and Events Manager

Alexandria Glaize serves as the Operations and Events Manager for the National Black Justice Coalition, where she supports day-to-day operations and ensuring internal operational success. Alexandria is dedicated to driving NBJC 's strategic efforts to support Black LGBTQ/SGL social justice movement by providing operational leadership.  She most recently served as the Chief of Staff at True Blue Inclusion where she developed equitable frameworks, infrastructures and programs from the ground up. Prior to True Blue Inclusion, Alexandria served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Rwanda where she worked with a local human rights NGO implementing high-impact health programs and expanding the portfolio of services. Both her Domestic and Global experience led Alexandria to the National Black Justice Coalition. Alexandria earned a MA (Sustainable International Development) from Brandeis University, the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and a BA (Business Management) from Milligan College.



Kirk W. Pressley Jr.

Program Manager

Kirk W. Pressley Jr. is a native of Prince Georges County Maryland.  He is a graduate of Bowie State University and two time Student Government Association President and University Council member. He is best known for his work with Miss Black USA, Radio One Blitz, his roles on "UGLIES" (BRBTV), POSE (FX Extra), and as Host of CheerStarz of America. He has hosted over 400 shows nationwide and is an active member of the House of Balenciaga. Kirk previously worked for Us Helping Us--serving as a community health worker, intervention specialist, and as the Program Developer and Special Events Coordinator.  His work within the community health space is anchored by novel approaches to getting people involved in education and building safe space. In his role as Program Manger for the National Black Justice Coalition, Kirk will be responsible for the three core program areas supporting the NBJC’s efforts to end racism and homophobia, which are: 1) Advocacy and Action; 2) Health and Wellness; and 3) Cultural Competence. The essential functions of this position include the planning, management and execution of NBJC signature outreach efforts, including: the 100-to-Watch platform; Black LGBTQ Emerging Leaders Day; Issue Advocacy Day and Out On The Hill; and Health & Wellness Initiatives like the Summit On Black Lives; and coordinating the efforts of advisory councils established by the ED to support the work of NBJC.