Roslyn M. Brock is a driven, steadfast executive-level advocate for health and social justice initiatives.  She is a 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 Chairman Emeritus of the NAACP National Board of Directors.

Brock is employed as Vice-President of Advocacy and Government Relations for Bon Secours Health System, Inc., (BSHSI) a not-for-profit Catholic health care provider with 19 acute-care hospitals and over 25,000 employees.

In this position, she provides system-wide leadership in identifying health care reform and policy priorities to improve quality care, reduce duplication and waste in service delivery to control costs and ensure the health of patients through proven protocols to promote population health.  She also works closely with local advocacy leaders in Bon Secours markets to develop and implement strategies to ensure high quality, affordable and assessible health care for all.

Brock joined Bon Secours in 2001 and has held leadership roles for philanthropy, diversity, advocacy and public policy and community health.  She has worked tirelessly as a lead voice advancing Bon Secours Ministries’ social justice priorities and health care advocacy agenda. Her contributions help to educate and raise awareness of legislators and key stateholders to the plight of those who are poor, vulnerable and marginalized in society.  

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 nearly a decade of advocacy, policy development and philanthropy at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and positions with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the New York State Health Department.

As NAACP National Chairman, Brock directed the board’s historic policy decision to support urgent, impactful issues such as 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. She founded the NAACP Leadership 500 Summit, a recruitment and training initiative to cultivate a new generation of civil rights leaders. Since its inception in 2003, Leadership 500contributed nearly $2M in support to the organization’s civil rights programs.

Brock’s social impact also 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 Schaffner Award for Social Impact from Northwestern University;  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.

A believer in service and community participation, Brock is a member of the Board of Trustees of The George Washington University (GWU); former Chair of the Board of Advisors of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University (GWU); former Trustee of the 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 manifest in 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.”