Marc H. Morial (L’83)
National Urban League
As president and CEO of the National Urban League since 2003, Marc Morial has expanded the League’s work around an empowerment agenda, which is redefining civil rights in the 21st century with a renewed emphasis on closing the economic gaps between white and Black people, as well as other communities of color.
His creativity has led to initiatives such as the Urban Youth Empowerment Program to assist young adults in securing sustainable jobs and Entrepreneurship Centers in 10 cities to help the growth of small businesses. Morial also helped create the Urban Empowerment Fund and the New Markets Tax Credits initiative to support urban businesses.
As mayor of New Orleans, Morial was a popular chief executive with a broad multi-racial coalition who led New Orleans’ 1990’s renaissance. As a lawyer, he won the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award for his legal service to the poor and disadvantaged. As a professor, Morial served on the adjunct faculty of Xavier University in Louisiana, where he taught constitutional law and business law. As a Louisiana state senator, he was named “Legislative Rookie of the Year,” “Education Senator of the Year,” and “Environmental Senator of the Year.”
Under appointment by President Obama, Morial served as chair of the Census Advisory Committee, a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, and on the Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission. He was also appointed to the Twenty-First Century Workforce Commission by President Bill Clinton.
Morial has been recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential Black Americans” by Ebony Magazine, one of the “Top 50 Nonprofit Executives” by the Nonprofit Times, and one of the “Top 100 Black Lawyers in America.”
He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania and earned a law degree from Georgetown University. He also holds numerous honorary degrees including Xavier University and Howard University.