M. Alexis Scott
Ms. M. Alexis Scott is vice president of member relations for the Center for Civil and Human Rights following a 40-year career as a newspaper journalist and executive. It is a 42,000 square foot facility in the heart of Downtown Atlanta dedicated to exploring stories of civil and human rights in dynamic indoor and outdoor spaces. Ms. Scott has responsibility for managing the center's membership program. For more information on the Center, visit http://www.cchrpartnership.org.
Prior to joining the Center in 2014, she was publisher of the Atlanta Daily World, a newspaper founded by her grandfather in 1928. She had responsibility for the overall editorial content and general management of the paper, which targets the African American community in metro Atlanta. In 1932, the Atlanta Daily World, founded by W.A. Scott, II, became the nation's first black-owned daily newspaper in the 20th century. The paper is now part of the Real Times Media family of publications and publishes once a week and can be accessed daily over the Internet at www.adwnews.com
Ms. Scott joined the family business in 1997, following a 22-year career with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Cox Enterprises, Inc., where she worked her way up from reporter to vice president/community affairs at the Journal-Constitution and then director of diversity at Cox.
Ms. Scott is a regularly featured commentator on The Georgia Gang, a week-in-review program on politics broadcast on FOX 5 Atlanta. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Life Financial Group
Ms. Scott is also active in nonprofit organizations.
In addition to general community service, Ms. Scott has been active in nonprofit professional organizations. She served as chair of the Succession Planning Committee for the National Newspaper Publishers Association; was co-chair of the NNPA Editorial Committee; a past president of the Atlanta Press Club and the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of Media Women; past vice-chair of the board of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education; and past treasurer of the Atlanta Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists. She also organized and chaired two diversity affinity groups -- one local and one national.
Ms. Scott has received many awards and honors, including being inducted along with her family into the inaugural Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame in 2011. She received a 2013 award for column writing from the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists. She was inducted into the 2007 Business Hall of Fame of the Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. She also received a 2007 Trailblazer Award In Honor of Coretta Scott King from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; the 2005 Millennium Pacesetter Award from the Atlanta Business League. She received an honorary doctor of humane letters from Argosy University in Atlanta in 2003.
She also was named one of the "Top 100 Women of Influence" since 1998 by the Atlanta Business League. She was named the 1998 Pioneer Black Journalist by the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists. Ms. Scott is a member of the 1989 YWCA Academy of Women Achievers.
A native of Atlanta, Ms. Scott is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School, and attended Barnard College in New York City and Spelman College in Atlanta. She also attended the Columbia University School of Journalism as a summer participant in the 1974 Michelle Clark Fellowship Program. She is a 1992 graduate of the Regional Leadership Institute and a 1991 graduate of Leadership Atlanta.
She has two sons. She and her family are members of First Congregational Church, U.C.C., where Ms Scott served as presiding officer from 1982-1992, and was a member of the Sunday School staff for nearly 30 years.