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Roslyn M. Brock

Roslyn M. Brock

NAACP National Board of Directors Chairman Emeritus


Roslyn M. Brock is a nationally recognized health policy advocate, social justice change agent, noted public speaker, mentor and the youngest person and fourth woman to Chair the National Board of Directors for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Read More >

As Chief Advocacy Officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health, a not-for-profit Catholic health care system with 43 hospitals in seven states and more than 57,000 employees, Brock directs advocacy efforts on health care policy and reform, health equity, and social justice initiatives. Her 30+ years of professional experience includes health care policy and equity analysis, social justice advocacy; financial management, philanthropy, leadership formation and community development.

Recognized for her leadership skills by several national publications and organizations, Brock has received the 2018 National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) Distinguished Health Care Leader Award; 2018 Schaffner Award for Social Impact, Kellogg School Of Management at Northwestern University; 2017 Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Humanitarian Award; featured on Essence magazine’s list of “40 Fierce and Fabulous Women Who Are Changing the World”; Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) inaugural Black Girls Rock telecast; National Urban League’s Women of Power Award; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Coretta Scott King Award and the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s Leadership Award.

Brock graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Union University and also holds a master’s degree in health services administration from George Washington University; MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and master’s degree in divinity from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. Additionally, she holds honorary doctorate degrees from Virginia Union University, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and Smith College.

An active member of the NAACP for nearly three decades before becoming Chairman of its National Board of Directors in 2010, Brock founded the NAACP Leadership 500 Summit, a recruitment and training initiative to cultivate a new generation of civil rights leaders. Brock directed the NAACP National board’s historic policy decision to support marriage equality; The Black Church and HIV: The Social Justice Imperative and commissioned a taskgroup to study the proliferation and consequences of Charter schools on the nation’s fragile public education system.  As a youth Board member in 1989, she was responsible for the National Board’s inclusion of Health as a standing committee in its Constitution and national strategic program focus.

Brock’s impact extends globally through cross-cultural professional networks developed with young leaders in China as a Young Leaders Fellow with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Her personal philosophy is embodied in an African proverb “Care more than others think is wise, risk more than others think is safe, dream more than others think is practical, and expect more than others think is possible.” This outlook is reflected in her passionate advocacy on behalf of those who are poor, marginalized and vulnerable and her ministry as Associate Minister at the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia.

An advocate of servant leadership through community engagement, Brock is an Executive Committee member, Board of Trustees at George Washington University; Trustee, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR); Chairman, International Connection Committee, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; Vice Chair, Women’s Caucus for Comcast/NBC Universal’s Diversity Advisory Council; past Chair, Board of Advisors, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University; former Trustee, Catholic Health Association of the United States of America; member, Kellogg School of Management’s Global Advisory Board at Northwestern University, the American Public Health Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives and the LINKS, Inc.

“Courage will not skip this generation!” ™️ is Brock’s trademark mantra. Read Less ^

Speech Topics

Maximizing Access to Care: A National Imperative

Passion & Principles: Youth Leadership Making a Difference

Women in Leadership: Changing the World

NAACP: The Next Generation

When You Find Your Voice You Can Transform a Nation

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