During her 10 plus years as a proud member of the Junior League of the Palm Beaches, Marcelle Griffith Burke has Co-Chaired GEMS, New Member and Junior Mints programs and served as Community Vice President and Board Member at Large. She is currently in her second year as Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force.
Born in England, Marcelle and her family immigrated to Canada when she was 10 years old. Her experience as a fashion model in Toronto prompted a move to New York City. There for three years, she juggled working in the fashion and cosmetic industries while managing a live jazz club/Southern food restaurant in the city’s Upper West Side. Her nomadic life continued with the next 12 years spent living and working in Belgium, England, France, Greece and Hong Kong. She has called West Palm Beach home for 12 1/2 years. Professionally, Marcelle steadily worked her way up from Corporate Trainer to Account Executive to Director of Sales roles to now having her feet firmly planted in the Entertainment industry with Artist / Event Management and Production, Sr. Business Manager for a multi-platinum record selling, BET nominated R&B recording artist and Director of Talent Relations for a premium social media access platform. She is well respected for her expertise in Market Trends, Business / Talent Relations, Customer Service, Self and Corporate Branding, and all things beauty. With over 20 years’ experience working within different cultural environments in management and leadership roles for some of the world’s biggest retail, hospitality and cosmetic companies, the word ‘normal’ doesn’t exist in her vocabulary.
Giving back is in Marcelle’s DNA with a passion in community. She has sat on the Boards of Florence DeGeorge Boys and Girls Club of West Palm Beach and Best Buddies Palm Beach, where she is a current member of their Gala Committee. She was a regular session facilitator for the American Cancer Society’s, ‘Look Good Feel Better’ program. Marcelle has served on committees of the American Cancer Society, Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, Community Partners of South Florida and Children’s Healing Institute and is chair of Camelot Community Care Palm Beach Community Advocacy Board and is on the Board of Directors for the YWCA Palm Beach County. An appointment two years ago as Commissioner to the Palm Beach County Planning and Zoning Board, where she currently serves as Vice Chair, representing District 6 was an unexpected, but a much appreciated joy. Happily married, Marcelle resides with her husband Gerry and son Flynn, where she juggles a busy work schedule and various non-profit commitments and relishes lazy days on the beach dreaming of pub lunches in England and people watching in Paris.