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.
Director of Programs and Institutional Development
Nakisha M. Lewis joined NBJC in January of 2017 as the Director of Programs and Institutional Development. She is known as a thought leader in the field of philanthropy who specializes in developing grantmaking strategies that address racial, gender and educational inequities. Nakisha has worked extensively with individual donors and foundations to foster grantmaking that seeks to support, empower and strengthen marginalized communities, including her most recent post as Program Officer and Senior Strategist for Safety at the Ms. Foundation for Women. She is co-creator of the Philanthropic Action for Racial Justice—an effort to organize Black philanthropic practitioners around a shared vision for racial justice and investment in Black communities that centers the needs and experiences of Black women, youth and LGBTQ people.
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.
Program Officer, LGBTQ Health and 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.
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.