NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, who boosted the finances and increased the stability of the nation's largest civil rights organization, plans to step down at the end of the year. Here are some biographic details on Jealous:
NAME: Benjamin Todd Jealous
FAMILY: Married to Lia Epperson Jealous, a civil rights lawyer and law professor at American University in Washington. They live in Silver Spring, Md., with their 7-year-old daughter, Morgan, and 1-year-old son, Jack.
OCCUPATION: President and CEO of the 104-year-old National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which is headquartered in Baltimore. He was its youngest-ever president when he was appointed in 2008 at the age of 35.
EDUCATION: Earned a degree in political science in 1994 from Columbia University in New York. He was suspended at Columbia for organizing a student protest of the university's plan to tear down the Audubon Ballroom, where Malcolm X was assassinated. He was selected in 1997 as a Rhodes Scholar to attend Oxford University, where he studied comparative social research.
CAREER: While at Columbia, worked as a community organizer in Harlem for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Later worked as an investigative reporter for the Jackson, Miss., Advocate, and as executive director of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. He also worked at the Rosenberg Foundation and for Amnesty International.
QUOTE: "It just became clear during the month of August that I needed to go ahead and keep my promise to my daughter," he said of a pledge to her to stay at the NAACP for only five years.