Melanie L. Campbell
Known for her unique ability to build powerful coalitions that bring diverse people together for the common good, Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network, has fought for civil, youth and women’s rights for over 20 years. A veteran at leading, planning and managing highly successful multi-million dollar civic engagement, census, and issue-based campaigns, Campbell is recognized as one of the hardest working leaders in the social justice movement. Her leadership played a pivotal role in the 2012 election where Black people turned out at a higher rate than Whites and Black women surpassed everyone for the first time in history. In her role as convener of Black Women’s Roundtable, Campbell brings together coalitions of women from diverse races, ethnicities and backgrounds to advocate for policies to advance women. A nationally recognized expert in civic engagement, election reform and coalition building, successful projects enacted under her leadership include the Unity Voter Empowerment Campaign, Unity Diaspora Coalition Census 2010 Campaign, and the ReBuild Hope NOW Coalition to assist survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in rebuilding their lives in the Gulf Coast. One of her most rewarding accomplishments at the National Coalition has been creating an innovative, youth-focused leadership development program, Black Youth Vote! (BYV),for which she received the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Legacy Award.