Marc Morial is chief executive officer of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest civil rights organization. In a distinguished professional career that has spanned twenty-five years, Mr. Morial has served as an entrepreneur, lawyer, professor, legislator, mayor, and president of U.S. Conference of Mayors, and is one of the most accomplished servant-leaders in the nation.
As president of the National Urban League since 2003, Mr. Morial has been the primary catalyst for an era of change—a transformation for the 100-year-old civil rights organization. His energetic and skilled leadership has expanded the League’s work around an empowerment agenda, which is redefining civil rights in the twenty-first century with a renewed emphasis on closing the economic gaps between whites and blacks as well as rich and poor Americans.
Mr. Morial’s creativity has led to initiatives, such as the Urban Youth Empowerment Program to assist young adults in securing sustainable jobs and Entrepreneurship Centers in five cities to help the growth of small businesses. Also, Mr. Morial created the National Urban League Empowerment Fund, which has pumped almost $200 million into urban impact businesses including minority business through both debt and equity investments.
Mr. Morial serves as an executive committee member of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the Black Leadership Forum, and Leadership 18, and is a board member of the Muhammad Ali Center, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. He has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential black Americans by Ebony magazine, as well as one of the Top 50 Nonprofit Executives by the Nonprofit Times.
A graduate of the prestigious University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics and African American studies, he also holds a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, as well as honorary degrees from Xavier University, Wilberforce University, and the University of South Carolina Upstate.