Council on African American Affairs

  • DC

About Us

Improving Communities, Changing Lives

The Council on African American Affairs is a Center for Thought Leadership, where ideas are generated by the African American youth of today for the African American community of tomorrow.

The Council on African American Affairs is a nonpartisan, nonprofit research and public policy organization founded in 2001 by the Cap Charitable Foundation, a private philanthropic foundation dedicated to education, the arts, and the environment. The Cap Charitable Foundation provides educational opportunities through a diverse range of scholarship programs. One of its programs, the Ron Brown Scholar Program, is a key component of the Foundation’s education initiative and the guiding force behind the formation of the Council. The Council was established to provide a tangible way for the Ron Brown Scholars and Alumni to play an active role in framing and debating public policy issues of vital importance to black Americans. In keeping with both the Foundation’s vision and the vision of the Ron Brown Scholar Program, the Council uniquely fulfills its mission by engaging Ron Brown Scholars and Alumni, along with community-based organizations and community members, to develop policy recommendations from a black perspective that improve the quality of life for African Americans.

Our research and analyses address critical quality of life issues in four key areas:

Public Health Preventive Health Care Childhood Obesity Civil Rights and Social Action Education Community Development Headquartered in Washington, DC in the historic neighborhood of Shaw, the Council is governed by a board of directors. To learn more about us, and our vision to marry the collective voices and intellect of the Ron Brown Scholars with innovative research to make a measurable difference, please spend time visiting our website ( or call 202-518-5951 for more information.