About Us

NBJC Leadership Team

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks

Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer

Throughout her career, Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks has brought vision, innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, political savvy, and strategic thinking to every endeavor she has attempted. She has the ability to bring talented people together to form cohesive leadership teams within organizations and build collaborative advocacy coalitions among very diverse stakeholders. A nationally recognized leader, Sharon thrives on challenges and seeks to develop and foster leadership in others. In January 2014, President Barack Obama named her to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

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Venton C. Jones Jr.

Events and Operations Manager

Venton C. Jones Jr. represents a new generation of national leaders committed to advancing equality and social justice for the African American and LGBT communities. Venton worked extensively in the areas of non-profit administration, public health communications and community organizing. Since the beginning of his career, he has been a tireless advocate on the front lines of addressing the devastating impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States.

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Je-Shawna Wholley

Programs Manager
Emerging Leaders Initiative & Special Projects

Je-Shawna C. Wholley has excelled in leadership since joining Team NBJC in January 2011. She has been a rising star after serving as a Senior Fellow and as the Programs and Outreach Associate at NBJC. She has progressively moved up in the ranks with her leadership and now serves as the Programs Manager in charge of the Emerging Leaders Initiative and Special Projects. Je-Shawna provides strategic insight on outreach and issues affecting Black LGBT young people.

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Isaiah R. Wilson

External Affairs Manager

Ever since his days as a young volunteer registering people to vote with the NAACP, Isaiah R. Wilson has recognized the importance of giving back to others in order to build a better, more communal world.  Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Wilson is thrilled to bring his optimistic attitude and enthusiastic drive to better the lives of Black LGBT people by serving as NBJC’s External Affairs Manager.

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Sheila E. Isong

Legal and Public Policy Advocate

Throughout her academic and professional career, Sheila E. Isong has pledged her life to becoming a vehicle of change for oppressed and marginalized communities. Born in Benin City, Nigeria, and raised in the great state of Maryland, Isong embraces her many identities and is proud to serve as NBJC's Legal and Public Policy Advocate. Isong has a wealth of experiences in both the private and non-profit sectors, and most recently clerked at Shipley & Horne, P.A. in Largo, MD.   She has also served as an Event Organizer through the AFL-CIO, a Support Specialist through Public Allies Pittsburgh, and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chair through the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA).

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