Wade J. Henderson
Mr. Henderson was appointed to our Board of Directors in April 2017. From 1996 through 2017, Mr. Henderson served as the President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights was founded in 1950 and engages in legislative advocacy on behalf of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. The Education Fund was founded in 1969 as the education and research arm of The Leadership Conference. As CEO, Mr. Henderson has increased the size of the coalition from 170 to more than 200 member organizations and has led social justice initiatives and developed strategy on major policy priorities regarding civil and human rights on behalf of The Leadership Conference's constituent organizations. Under his guidance, The Leadership Conference steered successful campaigns to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act; pass the Help America Vote Act, the Fair Sentencing Act, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the ADA Amendments Act, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Since 1998, Mr. Henderson has also acted as the Joseph L. Rauh, Jr., Professor of Public Interest Law at the David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia. Prior to his role with The Leadership Conference, Mr. Henderson was the Washington Bureau director of the NAACP from 1991 to 1996, where he directed the organization's government affairs and national legislative program. From 1982 to 1991, Mr. Henderson was the associate director of the Washington national office of the ACLU. Mr. Henderson holds a Bachelor of Arts from Howard University and a Juris Doctorate from the Rutgers University School of Law and is a member of the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court and the District of Columbia.