Published on January 22nd, 2011 | by thevyne0
Woman to Watch: Malaak Compton-Rock
Birthplace: Oakland, CA (Currently resides in New Jersey)
Occupation: Founder of the Angelrock Project and consultant on a myriad of philanthropic cause-related marketing campaigns.
Education: Bachelors of Fine Arts in Arts/Production Management, Howard University and an honorary doctorate degree from Fairleigh Dickenson University.
Family Affair: Malaak is the wife of Chris Rock and a doting mother to two daughters, Lola Simone and Zahra Savannah.
Career Early Days: Malaak began her career in public relations and special events. For many years she worked at the Terrie Williams Agency, where she contributed to several successful movie and record release campaigns and projects for clients including Eddie Murphy, The Essence Awards, and HBO. She also spent time in the cosmetic industry before accepting a position at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF (The United Nations Children’s Fund). She worked with the organization for three years spearheading the Special Events and Celebrity Relations Department. Compton-Rock designed and orchestrated numerous fundraising and advocacy events, geared towards increasing the organization’s visibility and promoting private sector and corporate giving. She managed the organization’s roster of celebrity spokespersons, planning numerous international field trips for the spokespersons to witness UNICEF-assisted projects in the field, coordinated all celebrity appearances at special events and with the media, as well as created a successful television product placement campaign for UNICEF’s core fundraising campaign “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.”
Career Current Day: In 2008, as a way to encourage people to live a life of service and as an umbrella organization for the six main causes that she works on full-time, Malaak founded The Angelrock Project, an online e-village that promotes volunteerism, social responsibility, and sustainable change. Among its many elements, The Angelrock Project includes valuable information on how to volunteer, advice on making monetary or in-kind donations, links to life-changing non-profit organizations, recommends fair trade companies whose products sustain third-world artisans, and includes a discussion forum and blog. Additionally, The Angelrock Project features wonderful philanthropic individuals, grassroots volunteers and organizations on a monthly basis.
More Giving Back: Malaak has founded Journey for Change: Empowering Youth Through Global Service, a program that takes at-risk youth from Brooklyn, New York to Johannesburg, South Africa for two weeks of global volunteer service. She also created and manages Champions for Children Committee, a prestigious group of well-known individuals committed to raising awareness about the signs and prevention of child abuse.
Recognition: Ebony Magazine’s 2009 “Power 150, Change Agents We Can Believe In.”
Favorite Movies: The movies at the top of Malaak’s must-watch list are Blood Diamond, Sparkle and the 1983 romantic drama Terms of Endearment.
Favorite Foods: Gumbo and sweet potato pie.
Favorite Quote: “Service is the rent we pay for living.” – Marian Wright Edelman