Arnetha Ball

Lezli Baskerville

Lezli Baskerville is President and CEO of the National Association for Equal Opportunity (NAFEO). She is also a constitutional rights attorney and advocate, providing an international voice for HBCUs, PBUs and Blacks in higher education.

Baskerville served as Vice President for Government Relations at the College Board. For 10 years she also managed a private legal and legislative collective. She wrote significant portions of five Supreme Court amicus curiae briefs, 28 national public policy documents, as well as provided policy/mobilization counsel to 24 candidates for U.S. Congress, 10 candidates for U.S. Senate and three candidates for President of the United States. She served as CEO of NBLR; Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Appellate Counsel; NAACP National Legislative Counsel; and administrative appeals judge in the District of Columbia.

Baskerville is featured in STEMConnector as one of "100 Women Leaders in STEM," in Diverse Issues in Higher Education, as one of "25 Women Making a Difference," in AOL Black Voices as one of the nation's "Top 10 Black Women in Higher Education," in Ebony Magazine for five years as one of America's Top 100 Most Influential Association Leaders and in The HistoryMakers, as distinguished "Lawmaker."

Baskerville received her B.A. with honors from Douglas College at Rutgers University. She was later inducted into Rutgers University's Hall of Fame. She earned a J.D. from Howard University School of Law, and received an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Benedict College and Shaw University. She is also a graduate of the Executive Management Program at Northwestern University's Kellogg School.