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Kuae Mattox

National President

   
Kuae Kelch Mattox is the National President of Mocha Moms, Inc., a non-profit organization with 100 chapters in 29 states dedicated to supporting stay at home mothers of color. She is an Emmy-nominated journalist with more than 20 years experience in the print and broadcast media, a contributor to The Huffington Post and Momtourage.com, an NBC Universal/iVillage sister site, and a featured columnist on Mommytracked.com. She has also been a contributing editor for Plum Magazine, a pregnancy and parenting magazine for women over the age of 35, and is the former editor in chief of Black Family Today, a national magazine geared toward African American parents of young children.

Mattox is a former producer for the award-winning newsmagazine Dateline NBC, as well as Headliners and Legends with Matt Lauer on MSNBC. Segments that she produced include stories about family stress, pregnancy and hypnosis, and the link between infertility and stress. While at NBC, she was the recipient of a National Headliner award for her work as field producer on a six-month investigative piece about Florida teachers with criminal backgrounds. She also produced a one-hour documentary on former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Previously, she was the first appointee in a new producer training program with The Oprah Winfrey Show. Her broadcast experience also includes production work for ABC News, KYW-TV in Philadelphia and King World Productions. Mattox is a former education reporter for The Miami Herald. Her articles have also appeared in The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Electronic Media and in the critically acclaimed book, The Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy by Kimberly Seals-Allers (HarperCollins, 2005). Her blog posts have appeared on the Whitehouse.gov blog, EPA.gov blog and CNN In America blog, and her manuscript, “African American Mothers: Bringing the Case for Breastfeeding Home” appears in the July, 2012 issue of Breastfeeding Medicine, the official peer reviewed journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.

In 2000, Mattox left NBC News to become a stay at home mom to her three children, now ages 9, 12 and 15. Since then, she has been active on both a local and national level, as a National Board member and national director of media and publicity for Mocha Moms. She became national president in 2010. Over the past decade, she has increased the visibility of Mocha Moms and highlighted the stories of numerous mothers of color who have made the choice to modify or eliminate their employment to spend more time raising their children. Mocha Moms has been profiled in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Essence and Ebony Magazine, and television segments have appeared on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America and ABC’s Nightline. In February of 2012, Mattox and her organization were invited to The White House for a historic Moms Summit with senior Obama administration officials, including EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, in honor of National African American History Month. More than 150 Mocha Moms leaders traveled from across the country for the private briefing, marking an unprecedented milestone for the organization. She and her organization have since participated in numerous White House events, including summits on Women and the Environment, Women and the Economy and a special event to honor girls involved in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) hosted by the White House Council on Women and Girls. Mocha Moms continues to be a stakeholder group that partners with the White House on various initiatives.

Mattox has been interviewed by a wide range of media outlets including Redbook, JET, Nick Jr. Magazine, Plum Magazine, Care.com, ABCNews.com, The Guardian, Women’s eNews, BlackAmericaWeb.com, BuzzFeed, Voice of America, NBC’s The Griot, TheRoot.com and Oprah Radio. She and her family have been featured in Real Simple, on CNN’s The Dr. Drew Show and on HGTV’s “The High Low Project.” In November 2007, Mattox was featured in a segment about black stay at home mothers during a special five-part series on NBC Nightly News called “African American Women: Where They Stand.”  She has spoken on panels for Plum Magazine, Catalyst, a leading women’s research and advisory organization, Wagner College, Rutgers University, the Association for Breastfeeding Medicine, and the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI) in Toronto, Canada. From 2007 to 2009, she was PTA president at Watchung School, a science and technology magnet twice recognized as a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. She was also selected as one of 12 high profile women from around the world to serve as a consultant on McDonald’s Global Moms Advisory Panel. In addition, she co-authored “Michelle Obama, Modern Mom,” a regular column on Mommytracked.com, a website with a mission to inform and entertain time-crunched moms as they tackle the daily tug of war between work and home.

Mattox is founder and former president of the Essex County, NJ chapter of Mocha Moms, which launched in 2002 with 10 members. Since then, it has grown to more than 60 members who meet on a weekly basis and participate in a wide range of community service. She is also a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Montclair Early Childhood Corporation, which oversees the Montclair Community Pre-K, an award-winning, nationally recognized program based on the theory of multiple intelligence developed by Harvard professor Dr. Howard Gardner.

Ms. Mattox holds a B.A. in Print Journalism from Howard University, where she was Campus Editor of the critically acclaimed student newspaper The Hilltop, a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Frederick Douglass Honor Society and the Golden Key National Honor Society. She also holds an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she was awarded a fellowship with the Alfred I. DuPont Center for Broadcast Journalism.

She has been a member of the National Association of Black Journalists for more than 13 years and a former member of the Radio, Television News Directors Association. She resides in Montclair, New Jersey with her husband and three children.

 

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