Channell Mellish is an impact-driven marketing practitioner and communications strategist committed to fostering positive social change. With over a decade of experience working in the nonprofit, government, and civil society sectors, her skills are best utilized at the intersection of community, culture, and communication.
Channell was most recently an Atlas Corps Scholar and a part of the Women’s Leadership Initiative for global changemakers. She previously served as the first citywide Director of Public Affairs for the Office of the New York City Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams and worked at the Office of the Mayor for New York Bill De Blasio. Before her career in public service, she worked for various nonprofit organizations, including Healthfirst and Literacy Partners.
As a Jamaican immigrant who profoundly believes in community empowerment, Channell volunteers with the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies. She is the Co-Founder of Talkin’ Back, an organization focused on addressing gender-based violence through advocacy, and a Young Ambassador for the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute. She is also a member of ColorComm, New York Urban League Young Professionals, and the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications.
In her spare time, Channell enjoys reading autobiographies and trying flavorful cuisines.