Kevin Chappell serves as the executive writer, Office of the President/CEO, where he leads the direction, development, and execution of written materials for Ed Trust’s interim CEO and president, as well as others on the senior leadership team.
Prior to joining The Education Trust, Kevin served as a staff writer for several prominent publications, including The Washington Post, The Charlotte Observer, and U.S. News & World Report. He is a former senior editor at EBONY Magazine, where he profiled influential leaders such as Bill Gates and Susan Rice and served as White House correspondent during the tenures of President G.W. Bush and President Obama.
Kevin has also served as speechwriter for National PTA’s first African American male president, helping him craft a compelling narrative to connect with the organization’s 4 million+ members, as well as senior speechwriter for the Postmaster General of the United States. In 2017, Kevin won the prestigious Cicero Speechwriting Award for remarks delivered at the dedication of a Black Heritage Series stamp commemorating Richard Allen, founder of the AME church.
A native of Greenville, S.C., Kevin holds a master’s degree from American University in communications and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Howard University.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?
Barbeque and watch sports
What are people most surprised to learn about you?
For some reason, I have experienced many air adventures: I interviewed two sitting U.S. Presidents aboard Air Force One; flew over Baghdad in a Black Hawk during the Iraq War with current Secretary of Defense Llyod Austin; flew with P. Diddy on his private helicopter from his home in The Hamptons to midtown Manhattan; and hang glided from an elevation of 2,000 feet off a mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?
I love the mission and passion that drives the organization.