Associated Black Charities
As president of Associated Black Charities, Diane Bell-McKoy has dedicated her work to helping the nonprofit foundation achieve its mission: to advocate for African Americans and address health and economic disparities among African Americans in Maryland.
Bell-McKoy was a senior fellow at the Annie E. Casey Foundation prior to joining Associated Black Charities. During her years of public service work, she led the restructuring of the child welfare system for the District of Columbia. She also created one of the first family development programs in the substance abuse field.
“She is a true public servant, who has dedicated her career to improving the lives of some of Maryland’s most marginalized populations. From child welfare, to economic opportunity, to community empowerment, to workforce development, Diane’s steadfast leadership and strategic alliances have been drivers for change,” says Thomasina L. Hiers, director of Baltimore Civic Site at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Bell-McKoy is a current board member of the Greater Baltimore Committee and sits on the executive committee of the Maryland Hospital Association. In addition to her civic leadership, she also finds time to serve as board chair to Humanim, and sits on the boards of the Baltimore Community Foundation and the Baltimore Aspen Workgroup for Dismantling Structural Racism. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Maryland, College Park.
She is most proud of her distinguished alumna award, and she is also the recipient of the Black Wall Street award in 2014 and the Legislative Black Caucus award in 2010.
Bell-McKoy says it is through her tenacity that she achieves results. She says she won’t stop until more people see, “the economic value of having a more diverse and inclusive world and understanding our systemic racialized challenges limit our collective success.”