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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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.


Aleana Hicks

Program Associate

Alaena J. Hicks is a program associate, supporting the organization's cultural competency work, including the HBCU LGBTQ-Equality Initiative.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grand Valley State University (GVSU). A first-generation college student, Alaena coupled her passion for social justice and women’s empowerment to sharpen her academic and professional skills both on and off campus.  She majored in criminal justice and completed a minor in juvenile justice. She also received the prestigious Thompson Working Family Scholarship to support her studies.

Alaena completed internships with: the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for African Americans, under the leadership of Barack H. Obama; the Kent County Juvenile Court Center, GVSU’s Legal, Compliance and Risk Management Office; and served as an executive board member of You Beautiful Black Woman—an organization built upon sisterhood, professionalism, service, and unity. Alaena currently resides in Tallahassee, Florida and is a proud native of Detroit, Michigan.