Channell Mellish is an impact-driven public affairs professional with an unwavering commitment to fostering positive social change. With more than a decade of experience working in the government, nonprofit, legal, and civil society sectors, she found that her skills are best utilized at the intersection of policy and effective public engagement. Channell specializes in amplifying issues that affect women and marginalized communities. Channell served as the first citywide Director of Public Affairs for the Office of the New York City Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams; liaised with the international diplomatic corps, federal and state representatives, and municipal agencies. She managed all aspects of external affairs including constituency communications, digital marketing, intergovernmental relations, and public-private sector partnerships. She previously worked for the Office of the Mayor for New York City Bill de Blasio, the First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray, and various nonprofit organizations. As a Jamaican immigrant who deeply 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 domestic violence through advocacy. Channell also serves as the Chief Young Ambassador for the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute and is the Partnerships Director for ColorComm New York. In her spare time, Channell enjoys exploring new cultures and reading autobiographies.