Chanelle Bell

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Community Activist

Chanelle Bell is a diversity, equity, and inclusion advocate. She’s the Manager of Government and Community Affairs at Noble Network of Charter Schools and the founder of Positively Melanin, an online space and community highlighting successful, influential professionals of color in Chicago. Her goal is to curate content that offers representation and hope for young professionals of color looking for guidance and support to enter similar careers.

Positively Melanin was featured in an NPR segment “In Chicago, The Obamas’ Civic Engagement Programs Are In Action”. Chanelle’s exuberant personality enables her to make meaningful relationships across lines of difference. In November 2018, Chanelle hosted the second-ever Obama Foundation Summit and shared her leadership story, which streamed to thousands of people world-wide. She is an Obama Foundation Community Leadership Corps Alumna and a current Surge Institute Fellow. Her experience as a former teacher motivates her pursuit to end educational inequity. Chanelle was recently named on the 2019 Chicago Scholars 35 under 35 Young Leaders Making an Impact.

In addition to her work in the education field, Chanelle is a published writer and actress. She uses those mediums to produce art that highlights inequity and charges the audience to take action against injustices.