Press Release

Wes Moore, Bestselling Author and Robin Hood CEO, Joins Black Economic Alliance Board

By Black Economic Alliance |

WASHINGTON – Today, the Black Economic Alliance is proud to announce that Wes Moore, a bestselling author, Army combat veteran, social entrepreneur and CEO of Robin Hood, one of the largest anti-poverty nonprofits in the country, is joining its Board of Directors. 

“Wes Moore is a visionary leader in the fight for economic opportunity, and we are elated to welcome him to our Board,” said Tony Coles, Co-Chair of the Black Economic Alliance. “As we continue our work advancing an economic policy agenda that lifts up Black communities, and supporting candidates for office committed to enacting those policies, having a fierce advocate for sustainable economic mobility like Wes on our board will be invaluable.”

At the Black Economic Alliance, Moore will join current Board Co-chairs Dr. Tony Coles and Charles Phillips and Board Members, Robyn Coles, Broderick Johnson, Mattie McFadden-Lawson, Ed Lewis, and Vicki Palmer. Over the course of the 2020 electoral cycle, the organization will continue to shape the national discourse and elevate economic issues important to Black Americans. 

“The Black Economic Alliance is filling a critical void in the national dialogue on economic mobility,” said Wes Moore. “To fulfill our country’s promise of opportunity for all, we must ensure that our societal push towards economic sustainability includes Black communities, who for too long been left behind. I am inspired to join a committed group of leaders from all industries and sectors who are spending their energy, time and resources to make sure that the larger conversation includes everyone, especially Black communities that have long been oppressed and neglected.” 

Moore is currently the CEO of Robin Hood, the largest poverty-fighting organization in the country. Robin Hood partners with more than 200 nonprofits in New York City striving to uplift low income individuals. Under his leadership, Robin Hood has shifted its focus from alleviating poverty to supporting economic sustainability and creative solutions to eradicate poverty.  Moore’s first book, “The Other Wes Moore,” a perennial New York Times bestseller, illustrated the fine line between success and failure. That story has been optioned by executive producer Oprah Winfrey and HBO to be made into a motion picture. Moore grew up in Baltimore and the Bronx,  graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Valley Forge Military College in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001. He earned an MLitt in International Relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004. Moore then served as a captain and paratrooper with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne, including a combat deployment to Afghanistan. He later served as a White House Fellow to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.