Marsha Mitchell is a communications and public engagement professional who believes words have power. She uses her words and power to make tangible, positive change in South Los Angeles. As the Director of Communications at Community Coalition (CoCo), she amplifies the voices of community residents who have helped CoCo win over $14 billion in funds connected to policy changes and resources over the last 30 years.
A key contributor to CoCo’s Collective Management Team, Marsha uses her expertise in strategic communications to help inform every facet of the Community Coalition’s work—from its digital presence, community outreach, and member engagement to crafting and executing policy messaging and media strategy around the challenges and opportunities facing South LA.
Beginning her career at the Los Angeles Sentinel, she kept the African-American community abreast of critical issues as a reporter. Today, Mitchell continues to provide the venerable news platform with OpEds and policy articles as a guest columnist. In addition, she has managed newspapers, rebranded companies, and spearheaded communications campaigns throughout her career. She has also been responsible for content management, internal/external messaging, media relations, project management, and thought leadership positioning.
A graduate of UCLA, Marsha was editor of NOMMO Newsmagazine, a member of the very first class of the Anderson School of Management’s Riordan Scholars Program, and holds a B.A. in English from the University. She also earned a Master’s degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding from Cal State University, Dominguez Hills; is a board member for the National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles, and served as a Los Angeles County Commissioner for three years.
This proud member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and traveling.
Fun Fact: Back in the day, Marsha wrote for Rap Pages Magazine under the pen name The Empress of Hip Hop.