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Ben Jealous opts for 'social-impact investing' over mayoral run

Ben Jealous opts for 'social-impact investing' over mayoral run

People fretting about the city's future and looking for new leadership have asked Ben Jealous to consider running for mayor of Baltimore — certainly one of the toughest jobs in America — and there should be no surprise in that. A Columbia graduate and Rhodes Scholar, Jealous was just 35 when he became president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In the five years he spent at its Baltimore headquarters, he returned the NAACP to relevance, re-energized the organization and improved its finances. He's only 42 now, and based in Baltimore with a venture capital firm with a social conscience. And that's just the dilemma: Jealous told...

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