While in its first year, the Miss HBCU Pageant has two career driven pageant veterans at the helm, Janaye Ingram, Miss New Jersey USA 2004 and Stacey Lee, Miss Michigan USA 2004. Both women are graduates of an HBCU institution and have remained active in the community as fervent supporters of the educational and life-altering opportunities that are provided by these richly significant institutions. Their relationships with college administrators, students and parents, coupled with their experience and expertise in the pageant world, offers to make the Miss HBCU Pageant the premiere pageant of college aged women attending HBCUs.
Janaye Ingram has spent her career empowering people and creating change for marginalized communities. She has engaged communities throughout the United States and internationally on issues like civil rights, voting rights & democracy, health care, education, economic empowerment, women's rights and activism. Her professional experience in grassroots advocacy, fundraising, program design, government relations and organizational communications has allowed her to interact with the many facets of addressing complex societal problems. Through her work, she has become a sought after speaker and media commentator and has been the recipient of various awards and honors for her work. But most importantly, she has found ways to inspire others to create change and take action. Her strong leadership skills have landed her in the National Urban Fellows America’s Leaders of Change and Give1 Project Global Fellowship. Janaye is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University and The New School University in New York City. Ms. Ingram gives back and serves on multiple boards and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.