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Melanie Powell-Robinson is the Executive Director of Diversity Awareness Partnership. She serves the St. Louis region through her dedication to community service and advocacy for inclusion and equity both professionally and socially.
Melanie’s dedication to community advocacy began in elementary school but took hold right after her graduation from Metro High School while attending college. As an active member of a student alliance group at St. Louis University, Melanie began to understand the true meaning of civil unrest and learned how important a community’s voice could be. In an effort to garner support and show local and national discontent with social issues around race and equity, Melanie and several classmates organized a campus candlelight vigil which was attended by hundreds. Later, along with other members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Melanie became particularly passionate about eradicating issues plaguing financially distressed communities in the city. Many Friday evenings, she and her sorors could be found in the Walnut Park community encouraging drug dealers to reconsider their profession by marching and chanting in front of their homes. She became a very vocal activist against actions and philosophies that limit the rights of minorities and began dedicating her time to advocate for the social, emotional, physical and financial health of children in the area.
Melanie continued to fight for the underserved and underrepresented by sitting on boards and committees in the St. Louis area. Major causes she has recently championed by giving time, committee membership and money include working with the St. Louis Crisis Nursery which helps provide temporary shelter for children in danger of abuse; Let’s Start whose mission is to help lower the recidivism rate of paroled women; Sista Strut Breast Cancer Walk which donates money to organizations for cancer research and Every Step Counts which provides services to victims of sexual abuse.
Previously, as the Director of Communications, Marketing and Engagement for Riverview Gardens School District, Melanie worked to create and maintain a positive perception of students in the district. By working with reporters, community groups, non-profit organizations and local business, she promoted student successes and highlighted their accomplishments and talents. Melanie created and implemented marketing strategies for internal and external stakeholder groups and was responsible for information distribution through print, social and visual media. Her goal was to make sure all community members know why “It’s a great day to be a Ram!”
Melanie Powell-Robinson has a B.S. in Psychology from St. Louis University and M.A. in Management and Leadership from Webster University. She has received several awards for her dedication to community. Melanie was recently elected as Chief Diversity Officer on the Board of Directors for the Public Relations Society of America, St. Louis. and is a member of the Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists. She has been recognized by many of the organizations she is associated with including Young Professionals Award by the 100 Black Men of Metropolitan St. Louis and the Professional of the Year by the Missouri School Public Relations Association.
She is married to Terrell Robinson and has two children, Taryn and Taj.