NBJC Leadership Team
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.
Program Officer, LGBT Health & Wellness Initiatives
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.
External Affairs Manager
Senior Fellow, Laughing Gull Foundation
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.
Program Manager, HBCU Initiative
As a Black queer woman who immigrated to the U.S as a child, Trinice McNally is a prime example of triumphing over adversity. Born in London, England to Jamaican parents who suffered from mental illness and drug abuse, she was later brought to Miami, Florida and raised by her grandparents where she began her education in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Trinice knew at an early age that she was not like her other peers in terms of her sexuality, but felt obligated to conform to heterosexual ideals and practice because of her Jamaican culture. She later decided to come out during college at Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) and promised herself that “she would never live in hiding” again. Upon this new journey, she created the first Gay-Straight Alliance at B-CU and started her work in activism and student organizing.