Civic and Community Leader
Dr. Marcella Maxwell is a renowned educator and champion of social justice, with an extensive background in addressing issues of intergenerational health, community development, fund development and government relations. She has distinguished herself as a civic leader in the engagement and empowerment of women.
Currently, she is a geriatric educator who enables New York City seniors to meet the challenges of aging healthy and gracefully. In this regard, she has organized dozens of seminars, workshops and conferences with distinguished guest speakers who share their expertise to help empower our city’s seniors. Dr. Maxwell was a founding dean and clinical supervisor of teaching fellows at Medgar Evers College, part of the City University of New York. In this role, Dr. Maxwell trained and mentored teaching fellows to foster their professional development. She organized collaboration among principals, teachers and other faculty, spearheaded team-building seminars, curriculum design and development, and initiated instructional strategies and methods.
Dr. Maxwell also distinguished herself as a Commissioner of Human Rights and Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women under New York City Mayors Koch and Dinkins.
Dr. Maxwell is committed to volunteerism, as demonstrated in the leadership roles she has played as a platinum (50-year) member of the Greater New York Chapter of The Links, Inc., lifetime member of the NAACP and as an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s North Manhattan Alumnae chapter and its National Social Action Commission. She is also the NGO representative for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at the United Nations. She successfully completed the extensive Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Dr. Maxwell received a master’s degree in elementary education from Long Island University and her doctorate in education from Fordham University.