Chairman Emeritus, NAACP National Board of Directors
Roslyn M. Brock is a nationally recognized health policy advocate, social justice change agent, noted public speaker, mentor and holds the distinct honor of being the youngest person and fourth woman in 2010 unanimously elected to the role of National Board Chairman for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in its history. She currently serves as its Chairman Emeritus.
Brock is employed as Chief Advocacy Officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health, an $8 billion dollar not-for-profit Catholic health care system of providers with 43 hospitals in seven states and more than 57,000 employees. In this position, she provides system-wide leadership to promote health care reform, population based health, health equity and social justice initiatives for vulnerable populations to ensure high quality, affordable and assessible health care for all.
Her 30+ years of professional experience includes health care policy and equity analysis, social justice advocacy, financial management, philanthropy, leadership formation and community health and development. Her wealth of experience in managing and directing domestic and interntional health programs includes advocacy, policy development and philanthropy at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the New York State Health Department.
As NAACP National Chairman, Brock championed the board’s policy engagement in The Black Church and HIV: The Social Justice Imperative; marriage equality; and the proliferation of Charter schools. In 2003, she founded the NAACP Leadership 500 Summit, a recruitment and training initiative to cultivate a new generation of civil rights leaders. Leadership 500 contributed nearly $2M to support to the organization’s civil rights programs. As a youth Board member in 1989, Brock was responsible for the National Board’s inclusion of Health as a standing committee in its Constitution and national strategic program focus.
Brock’s social impact extends globally, as she built cross-cultural understanding and professional networks with young leaders in China as a Young Leaders Fellow for three years with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.
Recognized for her leadership skills by several national organizations and publications, Brock received the 2018 Distinguished Health Care Leader Award from the National Association of Health Services Executive (NAHSE); 2018 Schaffner Award for Social Impact from Northwestern University; 2017 Humanitarian Award from Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Coretta Scott King Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc.; National Newspaper Publisher’s Leadership Award; Women of Power Award from the National Urban League; featured on Essence magazine’s list of “40 Fierce and Fabulous Women Who Are Changing the World” and in Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) inaugural “Black Girls Rock” broadcast.
Brock graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Union University and obtained a master’s degree in health services administration from George Washington University, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a master’s degree in divinity from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. She holds honorary doctorate degrees from Virginia Union University, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and Smith College.
Brock is a member of the Board of Trustees of George Washington University (GWU) and the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility; Chairman, International Connection and Social Action Committee, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc.; former Chair, Board of Advisors of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University (GWU); former Trustee, Catholic Health Association (CHA) of the United States of America; member, Kellogg School of Management- Global Advisory Board at Northwestern University; the American Public Health Association (APHA); the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE); the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA); and The LINKS, Inc.
Brock’s 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. Her favorite passage of scripture is found in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you saith the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. To give you hope and a future.”
Brock’s trademark mantra is “Courage will not skip this generation! ®”