The Board of Directors of the National Black Justice Coalition recently announced the election of a new executive committee and the addition of several new board members. The newly elected officers were chosen by NBJC’s founding board during a board retreat in March and will assume their new duties as of May 1, 2006.

The new officers are Mr. Earl Plante (Washington, DC), President, Ms. Donna Payne (Upper Marlboro, MD), First Vice President, Ms. Christina Cobb (Boston, MA), Second Vice President and Ms. Zandra Conway (Atlanta, GA), Secretary.

Newly elected members of the Board include Ms. Samiya Bashir (New York, NY), an author and communications director with Freedom to Marry, Mr. Dennis Coleman, III (Dallas, TX) an attorney with Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Ms. Christina Cobb an investment professional, Mr. Kylar Broadus (Columbia, MO), an attorney and transgender and Mr. Oscar Franklin (Belcamp, MD) an accounting systems manager with the DC Office of the Chief Financial Officers.

The selection is always difficult based on the vast pool of qualified applicants. "I am very pleased to welcome these members of the community to our board of directors,” said current Board President Keith Boykin. “They are highly talented individuals who bring a wealth of experience in community activism, fundraising and organizational development to NBJC. Their expertise will help to position our organization to grow and become even more successful in the years ahead."

Returning to the Board for another full term are founding Board members Mr. Keith Boykin (New York, NY), Ms. Jasmyne Cannick (Los Angeles, CA), Ms. Mandy Carter (Durham, NC), Mr. Maurice O. Franklin, (New York, NY) and the Rev. Irene Monroe (Cambridge, MA).