The Board of Directors of the National Black Justice Coalition, the nation’s only national Black gay civil rights group, recently announced the appointment of three new individuals to its ranks. The selection was difficult based on the vast pool of qualified applicants. "I am very pleased to welcome these three members of the community to our board of directors," said Board President Keith Boykin. "Zandra and Earl 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."
Zandra R. Conway is the President and CEO of Infinite Options, LLC. The
company is a Marketing and PR firm. She is 1979 graduate of San Jose State
University with a BA in Social Science and 1992 graduate of University of
San Francisco with a BS in Management Information Systems.
Zandra started her company after a twenty-two year career with Hewlett
Packard. She worked in various functional areas such as Manufacturing,
Human Resources Marketing and focused in Information Technology for 15
years. Along with her professional duties, she was active in Communication
Relations. She served as President of the Atlanta Black Employees Forum,
and Co-Chair of the Professional Women Conference. She was the Program
Coordinator for the 2005 Zuna Institute National Black Lesbian Conference
held in Dallas, TX.
Zandra is very active in her community. She also serves as Board Co-Chair
for In The Life Atlanta, Inc, Board of Directors for National Black Justice
Coalition, former Board Member of Georgia Equality and Atlanta Executive
Network. She is a life-time member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
She attends Hillside Chapel and Truth Center under the leadership of Rev.
Dr. Barbara Lewis King. She considers herself as a civil rights activist
working on various Human Right causes.
She is the proud mother of a teenage daughter. She considers being a mother
one of her greatest accomplishments and her daughter Kendra is one of the
reason why she smiles each and every day. She lives in Atlanta, GA.
Earl Plante is currently the Director of Development at the National
Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) and is chiefly responsible for raising its
annual budget of nearly 8 million dollars.
Prior to NMAC, Earl worked for the Maine Won’t Discriminate Campaign as
their House Party Director, the Empire State Pride Agenda as their Program
Coordinator and Communications Director, Funders Concerned about AIDS as
their Director of Finance and Administration, with Gay Men of African
Descent as their Development Director and most recently with Union
Settlement Association as their Development Director. Earl is a 1995
graduate of Dartmouth College, who majored in history and has made a career
of working in the social and economic justice and civil rights arena. His
passion for this progressive work stems from his belief in the power of
grassroots organizing to mobilize and educate people to make positive
changes in public policy.