*New York, NY—Rev. Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network announced a major expansion of NAN’s senior staff today. Gearing up for the freedom summer campaign, NAN will target ten states to support voter engagement and fight voter suppression by providing critical ground support.
NAN’s newly announced team members include: Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, VP of Religious Affairs and External Relations; Trudy Grant Manager, Religious Affairs and External Relations; Rev. Charles White, Director of Field Operations; and Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston, Illinois State Chair.
Both Rev. Rivers and Rev. White are former national senior staff members of NAACP and Ms. Grant managed the NAACP national relationships within the faith community, fraternal and civic groups. Rev. Livingston is a former national staff member of Rainbow PUSH Coalition.
Rev. Sharpton stated, “We bring these seasoned and established leaders on board at a critical time when voting and economic rights for Black and Latino Americans are in real peril. We are taking a deliberate and important step toward arming NAN with the most talented leadership to build a movement of resistance.
Rev. Rivers brings decades of unparalleled leadership in the field as a key NAACP official and can help to effectively organize the faith community to deal with these critical times. Ms. Grant superbly managed many of the NAACP’s national relationships. Rev. White has proven himself as a field general that is unequaled in our time and we are honored that he would join our team for NAN’s freedom summer. I have observed Rev. Livingstone’s leadership as a pastor and activist and believe that he is truly one of the rising new faces of social justice in this country.”
NAN’s Acting Executive Director Janaye Ingram announced that all four hires will assume their post as of July 3, 2014.