Structure​ ​and​ ​Membership​ ​of​ ​The​ ​National​ ​Commission​ ​for​ ​Voter​ ​Justice

National Commissioners

Honorary Chair

Rev. Jesse Jackson

President & Founder, Rainbow PUSH Coalition The Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, is one of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures.

Co – Chairs

Barbara Arnwine

President & Founder, Transformative Justice Coalition
President & founder of the Transformative Justice Coalition, is internationally renowned for contributions on critical justice issues including the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1991 and the 2006 reauthorization of provisions of the Voting Rights Act.

Senator Vincent Hughes

Pennsylvania State Senator is a leading progressive voice on local, state, and national issues. He was elected by his colleagues in 2010 to be the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. He has been a member of the Pennsylvania Senate for over 20 years

John Nichols

Journalist & Author a pioneering political blogger, writes about politics for The Nation as its national-affairs correspondent. His posts have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous books, and mentioned in debates on the floor of Congress. Nichols is a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times

Juan Thomas

President, National Bar Association is the founder and principal of The Thomas Law Group.  Mr. Thomas’ practice includes the following specialties: real estate/estate planning, labor and employment, and family law.  In addition, Mr. Thomas provides counseling and training to firm clients in areas involving personnel, collective bargaining, and business development matters.

Commission​ ​Members

Rebecca Cokley

Executive Director, Nationally renowned Disability Rights Leader is a senior fellow at American Progress, where her work focuses on disability policy. Most recently, she served as the executive director of the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent agency charged with advising Congress and the White House on issues of national disability public policy

Gary Flowers

President & Founder, Transformative Justice Coalition Gary L. Flowers is the current Executive Director & CEO of the Black Leadership Forum, Inc., an alliance of national African American civil rights and service organizations in the United States of America, founded in 1977.

Hyepin Im

President & CEO, KCCD/FACE (Faith And Community Empowerment), California
currently serves as the Founder and President of Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD) whose mission is to help churches build capacity to do economic development work on a greater scale.

David Johns

Executive Director, National Black Justice Coalition
is known for his passion, public policy acumen and fierce advocacy for youth. He is an enthusiast about equity—leveraging his time, talent and treasures to address the needs of individuals and communities often neglected and ignored.

Rev. Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim

President, National Bar Association
received her M.Div. from Knox College (University of Toronto) and her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. She is an Associate Professor of Theology at Earlham School of Religion. Kim is the author or editor of 12 books, Planetary Solidarity:Global Women’s Voices on Christian Doctrine

Janice Mathis

Executive Director, National Council of Negro Women
from Greenville, SC, was appointed Executive Director of the National Council of Negro Women in 2016. NCNW was founded in 1935 by Mary McLeod Bethune and is an affiliation of national black women’s groups including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporate, Alpha Kappa Alpha Incorporated, Eastern Stars, National Black Nurses Association and others.

Terry O’Neill

Attorney & Immediate Past President, National Organization of Women
a feminist attorney, professor and activist for social justice, served as president of NOW from 2009 to 2017.

Reverend Al Sharpton

President, National Action Network
Internationally renowned civil rights leader, activist, and founder and President of National Action Network (NAN), the Rev. Al Sharpton has dedicated his life to the fight for justice and equality.  For decades, he has turned the power of dissent and protest into tangible legislation impacting the lives of ordinary people.

Reverend Mark Thompson

EHost, ‘Make It Plain’ on Sirius XM
was honored at the 104th Annual NAACP Convention in July 2013 “for 25 years of crusading journalism and outstanding leadership in furthering the work of civil and human rights.” Mark began his broadcast career in 1988 with Radio One, Inc. under the guidance of Cathy Hughes.

Reverend Dr. L LaSimba Gray

Pastor, New Sardis Baptist Church, Memphis, Tennessee
is the pastor of the historic New Sardis Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. During the eighteen years that Dr. Gray has been at New Sardis, the membership has grown by 2000 members. He served as the Health Coordinator for the Memphis Affiliate of the Congress of National Black Churches for ten years.

Junius Williams

Attorney, Educator, Civil Rights Historian
is a nationally recognized attorney, musician, educator and independent thinker who has been at the forefront of the Civil Rights and Human Rights Movements in this country for decades. His life in the Movement in the South and the North has been chronicled in the Civil Rights History Project

James Zogby

Founder & President, Arab American Institute
is the author of “Arab Voices” (Palgrave Macmillan, October 2010) and the founder and president of the Arab American Institute (AAI), a Washington, D.C.-based organization which serves as the political and policy research arm of the Arab American community.

Bill Cobb

Deputy Director, ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice
is a Deputy Director of the ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice, which is dedicated to ending mass incarceration in the United States by cutting the jail and prison populations by 50 percent and addressing racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

Tanya Clay House

Chair, National Bar Association’s Civil Rights Law Section
is the Director of the Public Policy Department at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Mrs. House works closely with all Committee projects focusing on core issues such as education, voting rights, employment discrimination, fair housing, affirmative action, criminal justice, immigration and other racial diversity issues.

Breon Wells

Founder and CEO, The Daniel Initiative
is the Founder and CEO of The Daniel Initiative. He is a political consultant, musician, vision management consultant, ordained minister, and motivational speaker. After spending six years as a Congressional Staffer, Breon left Capitol Hill to establish The Daniel Initiative.

Rudy Arredondo

President/CEO/Founder of the National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association
which represents the interests, nationally, of small Latino farmers and ranchers in Washington, DC organizing, dealing with policy, legislation and regulatory issues. He is an active member of the board of directors of the Rural Coalition/Coalicion Rural. He focuses on issues related to land, ethnic minority community agriculture, rural economic development, small business and entrepreneurship, specifically as they relate to Latino farmers and ranchers in the United States.

Guest Commissioners and National, State and Local Organizations

In the anticipated 16 hearings/listening sessions to be conducted by the Commission in a 19 month framework, a crucial component will be the guest commissioners drawn from local communities and the states within the various regions. For each hearing at least 4 guest commissioners will be needed. The NCVJ will work closely with a broad number of national, state and local organizations and religious sector to identify guest commissioners, witnesses and conduct issue spotting and community outreach.

Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony

Pastor of Fellowship Chapel, Detroit, MI
is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. He was educated in the Detroit Public School system. He graduated from Wayne State University with a B.A. in Political Science, and Marygrove College with an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry. He also attended the University of Detroit for Advanced Study in Black Theology. Reverend Anthony is a Certified Social Worker with the State of Michigan. He became the Pastor of Fellowship Chapel in December of 1986 following the passing of Reverend James E. Wadsworth, Jr. and was installed as Senior Pastor in February of 1987.

JoAnn Watson

Pastor of Fellowship Chapel, Detroit, MI
JoAnn Watson is a native Detroiter, and has been honored as a “Distinguished Alumnus” of the University of Michigan. She is the Associate Pastor of West Side Unity Church & is Host of the Radio/TV show: “Wake Up Detroit”!