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. Based in Washington, DC, the Black Leadership Forum links leaders of national Black organizations together, forming a coordinated leadership model on legislation affecting African Americans.
Mr. Flowers has served on the front lines of American civil rights formation and public policy analysis since 1989, having been trained at the historic law firm of Hill, Tucker & Marsh in Richmond, VA. Prior to the Black Leadership Forum, Mr. Flowers served as vice president and national field director for Reverend Jesse L. Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition from 1997 to 2007 in Chicago, IL; a Teaching Fellow of a course on Coalition Politics at the Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, MA; a public policy analyst at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, DC; a special assistant to Virginia Governor Lawrence Douglas Wilder; and executive director of the Old Dominion Bar Association in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
As an analyst, academic, and activist, and author he has helped to define the critical issues of his time on television and radio—both domestically and internationally.
Gary Flowers is a native of Richmond, VA and fiercely committed to family, friends, and faith. Gary has a passion for social justice and an obsession for improving the human condition through understanding and information.