Sherrilyn Ifill to Step Down as President of NAACP Legal Defense Fund in 2022

Prominent civil rights lawyer Sherrilyn Ifill will leave her post as the head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund this coming spring after holding the position for nearly a decade.

Ifill will be succeeded by Janai Nelson, who currently serves as LDF’s associate director-counsel.

“It has been the privilege of a lifetime to lead LDF for nearly 10 years. I began my career as a civil rights lawyer at LDF more than 30 years ago and every day leading this extraordinary, dedicated staff has felt like a dream come true,” Ifill said in a statement.

“I have given this work my all, and I am proud of our accomplishments, including our increased growth and strength. But I am most proud of the leadership role LDF has played during one of the most tumultuous and volatile periods for civil rights in recent memory.”

Earlier in the year, Ifill made Time’s annual 100 Most Influential People list.

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SOURCE: The Hill, Marty Johnson

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