The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) has named Michael J. Brewer as NBJC's new Policy and Programs Manager. As the newest member of the NBJC leadership team, he will provide highly skilled program management, policy development, and conference planning.
"Michael's breadth of experience, undeniable enthusiasm, and innovative leadership will help develop and implement strategies that will maximize the synergies among NBJC's programmatic areas. His professionalism, command of LGBT policy concerns, and dynamic personality will help cultivate existing and new relationships with organizations, key leaders, and policy makers. Having him join the leadership team is a continued testament of our commitment to and confidence in emerging leaders equipped to lead our movement for full equality," says Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, NBJC Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer.
Brewer joins NBJC after serving as the Deputy Director of Operations & Legislative Aide in the office of Congressman Larry Kissell (D-NC). A burgeoning political voice, Brewer has served as a member of the National Black Justice Coalition's Leadership Advisory Council, 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. As 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 percent 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, DC. A fellow with both the highly-regarded New Leaders Council (NLC) and People for the American Way's (PFAW) nationally-recognized Front Line Leaders Academy, he was recognized as one of Out magazine's "Out 100" in 2008, and has also been featured in various media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times and Vibe magazine. Brewer is a graduate of Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
"I am thrilled to be joining the staff of the National Black Justice Coalition. Under the dynamic direction of Sharon Lettman-Hicks and her incredibly accomplished team, I've witnessed NBJC evolve into a beacon of empowerment and leadership for those who live at the intersection of racial bigotry and injustice based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression," says Brewer. "I'm proud to join such a stalwart cadre of justice-seekers and equality-advocates for Black LGBT people, and I look forward to expanding my commitment to the organization and the communities we serve in this new, exciting endeavor."