SF Business Times: Ex-NAACP head now a Kapor Center partner

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By Patrick Hoge in the SF Business Times

Former NAACP president and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous has become a partner at the Kapor Center for Social Impact in Oakland, where he will work on both for-profit investments and non-profit activities.

Jealous ran the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People until December. In addition to being a partner at Kapor Capital, he will also join the board of directors of the Kapor Center-funded Level Playing Field Institute, a non-profit that aims to eliminate barriers faced by people of color in science, technology, engineering and math.

Co-founded by software magnate Mitchell Kapor, who previously founded the Lotus Development Corp., the Kapor Center for Social Impact promotes education, supports startups run by women and racial and ethnic minorities and backs entrepreneurs with businesses that seek to “close gaps” in education, healthcare and other areas.

Before taking the top job at the NAACP in 2008, Jealous was president of the San Francisco-based Rosenberg Foundation, director of Amnesty International’s U.S. domestic human rights program and executive director of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Jealous graduated from Oxford University with an M.S. in comparative social research and from Columbia University with a B.A. in political science.