Melanie L. Campbell is the president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR). A veteran at leading highly successful, multi-million-dollar civic engagement and issue-based campaigns, she is widely recognized as one of the hardest working leaders in today’s civil rights, women’s rights and social justice movements.
Campbell brings Black women together nationally and in key states to build power for Black women and girls and their families and communities to live their best lives by focusing on four strategic platforms: health and wellness, economic security and prosperity, education and global empowerment. Under her leadership, BWR releases an annual report on the status of Black women and hosts its annual Women of Power national summit during Women’s History Month in Washington, D.C., bringing the policy priorities and agenda of Black women and girls to Capitol Hill. Elevating Black women’s leadership in the movement for justice, fairness and equality has been core to her life’s work.
Campbell has served as a contributing writer for the BWR annual report on the state of Black women, the National Urban League’s State of Black America, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators magazine, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s 50th anniversary op-ed series in the Washington Post and the Harvard University Journal on African Americans in public policy.
Campbell, who was featured in Essence Magazine’s 100 Woke Women, regularly appears on a variety of media outlets including: The Washington Post, NBCNews.com, MSNBC, #RolandMartinUnfiltered, The Washington Informer, Gannett News, C-SPAN, XM Radio, Comcast, WHUR, Amsterdam News, USA Today, Huffington Post and Ebony.com. She has been awarded several civil rights leadership and woman of power awards from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, the National Urban League, the National Action Network, the National Newspaper Publishers Association, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Women in the NAACP, SCLC W.O.M.E.N., the National Voting Rights Museum & Institute, State Farm Insurance and 100 Black Men of Washington D.C.
Campbell has a B.A. in business administration from Clark Atlanta University and a certificate in non-profit executive management from Georgetown University. She is a member of the inaugural class of Progressive Women’s Voices at the Women’s Media Center and a resident fellow alum from the Harvard Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Campbell is a Mims, Florida native. She is an active member of a variety of civic and community-based organizations, including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated’s National Social Action Commission, the Northern Virginia and Greater Washington urban leagues, the National Council of Negro Women, NAACP and the National Association of Female Executives.