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Depelsha Thomas McGruder
Founder and President of MOBB UNITED
Depelsha Thomas McGruder, Founder and President of MOBB UNITED, is a media and entertainment executive living in Brooklyn, NY. Depelsha spent 17 years at Viacom (MTV and BET Networks) in Strategy & Operations, Business Development and Programming. She's also a former strategy management consultant and began her career as a local TV journalist. However, the founding of MOBB United came from a personal space. After watching the viral videos of the killings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and numerous other Black males before them, Depelsha wanted to vent. But where? How? She invited about 30 of her close friends whom she knew also were 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 were 1,000 members. By the end of the day, more than 21,000 moms from all across the country had joined the group. Two years later, there are more than 180,000+ members and what started as a Facebook group has now evolved into two non-profit organizations that are working together to change policies and perceptions impacting Black boys and men. Depelsha is married and has two sons, ages 10 and 6. 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.
Executive Director of Moms of Black Boys United, Inc.
Vanessa McCullers has spent almost 2 decades working at some of the biggest companies in entertainment including MTV, OWN, TMZ and NBC. After years of putting the spotlight on advertisers, through alignment of talent and production of award winning content, Vanessa began to look at telling the brands story through the lens of personal experiences. Her goal has been to tell personal stories that inform and can help change the lives of others positively.
However, none of her training and skills prepared her for her own experience, watching her son deal with the after effects of watching the violent killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in the summer of ‘16. It was at this time she discovered a group of Moms on Facebook facing with similar concerns who banded together to make change. Vanessa poured her skills and energy into Moms of Black Boys United helping it develop into 2 separate non-profit organizations and grow to a community of over 200,000 Moms across the country and the beyond.
Having worked with every media platform imaginable and having no other creative outlet, Vanessa decided to use skills in her true passions to develop the branding and communications for Moms of Black Boys United, Inc. and MOBB United for Social Change, Inc. As the Chair of Communications, she is responsible for all internal and external content created and developed by MOBB United. From image campaigns and strategic partnerships to member communications, events, fundraising and social media, the MOBB United Communications Committee touches every part of the organization in a meaningful way. As a testament to her dedication and the incredibly growth of the organization, in the summer of 2018 McCullers was named Executive Director of Moms of Black Boys United, Inc.