Isaiah R. Wilson
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.
Isaiah has spent over a decade cultivating a career in public service at both NBJC and as a congressional staffer in the nation’s capital. Prior to joining NBJC in January of 2014, Isaiah spent five years serving in the Office of former Congressman Steve Rothman (D-NJ). Throughout his tenure on Capitol Hill, Isaiah worked on a number of issues important to both working class and marginalized communities, which has provided him with vast knowledge of the implications of public policy decisions facing policymakers. As Rep. Rothman’s chief aide on the judiciary and LGBTQ issues, Isaiah drafted several pieces of legislation, including the original Juror Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit attorneys from striking potential federal jurors on the account of their sexual orientation or gender identity. He also served in key leadership roles among his peers when he was as an officer of the Congressional Black Associates and member of the Congressional LGBT Staff Association.
Isaiah was honored in 2016 as a Victory Empowerment Fellow of the Victory Institute, which brings together movement leaders from across the country to expand their campaign skills and policymaking power. In addition, he has been featured and written for such publications as POLITICO, Huffington Post, the Advocate Magazine, and SWERV Magazine—bringing voice to the lived experiences of Black LGBTQ/SGL people.
Isaiah is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and plans to pursue a doctoral degree in political science in the near future. He currently resides in Washington, DC.