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 promote leadership in others.
Programs and Policy Manager
A burgeoning political voice, Michael J. Brewer has served as LGBT Coordinator for the Democratic Party of Georgia, Co-Chair of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s LGBT Advisory Committee and advisor to Georgia State Senator Vincent Fort’s (D-Atlanta) 2010 re-election campaign. A first-time campaign manager, Brewer helped re-elect Georgia State Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan (HD-39) to her fifth term in July 2010, winning 74% of the vote in a primary challenge. Having previously served as Chief-of-Staff to Georgia State Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan and Field Organizer at the Equality Foundation of Georgia, Brewer recently relocated to Washington, D.C.
Policy and Networks Associate
Rodney K. Nickens Jr. is an emerging leader and a passionate racial justice and LGBT equality advocate. He currently serves as the Policy and Networks Associate at the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), coordinating the organizational political and policy advocacy and national networks to advance federal public policy that is inclusive of the Black LGBT community. He began his tenure at NBJC after working as a Community Organizer in Los Angeles at the Barbara Jordan/Bayard Rustin Coalition, a Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) political organization dedicated to winning equality in the aftermath of California’s Proposition 8 ballot measure campaign.
Programs and Outreach Associate
Je-Shawna C. Wholley is a rising star and the Programs and Outreach Associate at NBJC. She is also an active member of the organization’s Leadership Advisory Council, providing strategic insight on outreach and issues affecting Black LGBT young people. A recent graduate of Spelman College, Wholley served as President of the LGBT student union, Afrekete, for two years and was credited with numerous accomplishments during her tenure. Dedicated to the empowerment of LGBT youth of color, Wholley is currently traveling across the nation to conduct workshops on creating safe and inclusive campuses for all students to thrive.
Derrick L. McMahon Jr. is an emerging intellectual activist and Senior Fellow at the National Black Justice Coalition. He uses his passion for social justice and social media to raise awareness of social inequality.
As the founder of The Anti-Intellect Blog, he is known for his particular brand of passionate online activism. His social justice tweets, postings, and writings have appeared in publications such as The Black Youth Project, Our Weekly, The Huffington Post, and Complex Magazine.