|MOBB United Founder|
Depelsha Thomas McGruder, founder of MOBB UNITED, is an entertainment executive living in Brooklyn, NY. However, the founding of MOBB United came from a personal space. After watching the viral videos of the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Depelsha wanted to vent. But where? How? She invited about 30 of her close friends who she knew were also worried about the safety of their Black sons to join a private Facebook group. This Facebook group would be a refuge for them to speak about the unique challenges and dangers their children faced, particularly when it came to encounters with law enforcement. Within an hour or two, there 1,000 members. By the end of the day, more than 21,000 moms from all across the country had joined the group. Six months later, there are more than 165,000+ members and what started as a Facebook group is now an organization that has held more than 20 local meetings nationwide, including New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Diego, Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Nashville, Chicago, Baton Rouge, San Francisco and Bentonville, Arkansas. Depelsha leaned on her friends, a few passionate moms and her experience to develop committees that are mobilizing to address national, state and local legislation and policies, build stronger community relationships and improve media imagery. Depelsha is married and has two sons, ages 8 and 5. Depelsha is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and The Links, Inc. In 2011, she was selected for The Network Journal's "40 Under Forty Achievers Award." Depelsha graduated first in her class with a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism from Howard University and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.