Rozella Kennedy’s work and life are dedicated to building better cultures and communities of inclusion, celebration, cooperation, dignity & wellbeing. She is the founder and owner of Brave Sis Project, a lifestyle brand & social cause using wellness & history to build an inclusive sisterhood: for BIPOC women wishing to better know and celebrate our shared history, and for white women wishing to move past performative allyship. She hosts the “Inclusive Sxsterhood” channel on the national women’s platform Coveyclub.com, a lab & playground for exploring issues of culture, belonging, authentic allyship, and intercultural celebration & solidarity. Her book, The Brave Sis Activity Book: A Creative Celebration of 100 Black, Brown, Asian, and Indigenous Foremothers will be released by Workman Press in 2023.
As Director of Impact & Equity for Camber Collective, she leads the firm’s internal Racial Equity work, building towards DEI goals related to culture, policies & processes. She also develops the external impact & equity practice, including disseminating Camber's theories of change into its client work and business development and designing the measurement framework for the firm's social sector impact.
Kennedy has held executive roles in the arts, environmental, and social service sectors. She lived in New Mexico for 12 years, starting three nonprofits (the award-winning Santa Fe New Music, Creative Santa Fe, and the New Mexico Centennial). In her early career, she worked for magazines ranging from Paris Passion to Sports Illustrated, Mothering, and Oxygen.com.
A first-gen collegian and a Black woman, Rozie has always striven for results, whether in starting a new venture; coaching or training others; introducing new people into circles of allyship and partnership; or serving as a thought-leader, consensus-builder, and when necessary, passionate catalyst for understanding, mutuality, and growth. She is also a published essayist, ghost writer, and copyeditor.
A Native New Yorker, she launched her adult life in Paris, working in media and as a language coach for executives before returning to NYC. At the millennium, she and her young family moved to Santa Fe, where they lived for a decade before relocating to the Bay Area in 2012.
A proud graduate of NYC’s Brearley School, Rozie earned a double English/French degree from Tufts University, and completed her M.A. at the Université de Paris, Sorbonne. She enjoys dance fusion classes, reading, and exploring the East Bay with her husband, composer/conductor John Kennedy and their Caribbean Potcake Dog, Pippa. Their two adult daughters reside in New York City.