March of Dimes Celebrity Advocate Council
Healthy moms. Strong babies. That’s what we fight for each and every day—and the March of Dimes Celebrity Advocate Council helps amplify the impact of that work. Because the United States is in the midst of a maternal and child health crisis with more than 50,000 women experiencing life-threatening complications as a result of pregnancy and childbirth and 380,000 babies born prematurely each year. And not nearly enough people are talking about this.
The March of Dimes Celebrity Advocate Council is comprised of leaders from throughout the entertainment industry who are using their platforms to advocate for research, programs, and education so that every baby can have the best possible start. Moms like Tatyana Ali and Porsha Williams are helping draw critical attention to the issues women face during pregnancy, hosting Unspoken Stories conversations to strengthen a community of support. Ally Brooke highlights her own experience of being born prematurely, noting the need for more research to identify why this still happens. And Nick Lachey works with March of Dimes as a “dad advocate” to raise awareness about what it’s like to experience having a baby prematurely, after his son was born ten weeks early and spent time in the NICU.
By raising awareness about the issues impacting moms and babies, our advocates help drive attention to areas where it’s needed.
Ally Brooke is the tremendously talented pop star who, after breaking out as a member of the multi-platinum pop group "Fifth Harmony", signed with Atlantic Records to release her solo debut album. Hailing from San Antonio, Ally first gained the world's attention as a solo contestant on "The X Factor". Raised in an intensely passionate and proud Latin community, Brooke gravitated early to mariachi music and Tejano artists, first finding her voice when singing in church. Ally joined the 28th season of "Dancing with the Stars" in the fall of 2019. Born prematurely, Ally joined the March of Dimes Celebrity Advocate Council to lend her voice to the urgent maternal and infant health crisis in the United States. Through her own experience, she’s shining a spotlight on the need for more research to identify why about 1 in 10 babies are born prematurely in the United States.
Allyson Felix is the most decorated Track & Field Olympian in history. A nine-time Olympic medalist. Six-time Olympic Champion. World Record Holder. She has won, a mind-blowing, twenty-five global medals at the Olympics and World Championships. Allyson is still honing her craft and her determination is rivaled only by the greatest of the greats. Allyson has found passions off the track which she believes are her true calling. She loves children and serves as a member of the Right To Play board hoping to raise awareness for under-served children in developing regions. Her greatest accomplishment and her greatest love is her daughter, Camryn, who reminds her every day that she can never stop fighting for what is right in this world. Camryn was born premature at 32 weeks via emergency C-section due to preeclampsia and Allyson nearly lost her life. As a March of Dimes advocate, she is sharing her experiences both as a mother and an athlete who overcame barriers put before her for being a mother. She’s calling for change everywhere from maternal employment policies to the way we talk about and respond to the black maternal health crisis.
Nick Lachey is a television host, producer, singer, husband, and father of three. He first rose to fame as the lead singer of the multi-platinum selling boy band, "98 Degrees", who to date have sold over 10 million records. Nick is also a successful solo recording artist, and he has hosted several TV shows including "The Sing-Off", "High School Musical", "NBC’s Clash of the Choirs", "America’s Most Musical Family", and more. Nick is extremely passionate about increasing March of Dimes’ visibility in the entertainment community. Through his own experiences with becoming a father and parenthood, he has a deep understanding of what can happen when pregnancy and childbirth do not go according to plan. Nick’s third child spent about six weeks in the NICU after being born ten weeks early. Since then, Nick has shared his experience in order to draw attention to prematurity, talking about what it was like for him and his family in the days and weeks following his son’s birth.
Porsha Williams is a multi-talented television host, media personality, and entrepreneur filled with big dreams and the ambition to make them a reality. Not only is Porsha one of the stars of Bravo’s #1 show, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta", but she also starred in her own highly-rated spin-off special, "Porsha‘s Having a Baby", which covered her incredible journey of pregnancy and motherhood. On a daily basis, she is the co-host of the nationally syndicated talk show "Dish Nation". She remains heavily involved in her various charity partnerships, and is the proud mother to her baby daughter, Pilar. Porsha is using her March of Dimes advocacy to draw attention to the maternal health crisis that disproportionately affects black women, as well as to spotlight her own challenges and joys of pregnancy and motherhood. In October 2019, March of Dimes hosted a rainbow luncheon for Porsha in Atlanta, a theme that was selected to celebrate Pilar’s birth after Porsha had previously experienced a miscarriage.
Tatyana Ali is a Broadway-trained actress, singer, producer, activist, graduate of Harvard University, and mom. Known to millions worldwide from her role as “Ashley Banks” on the iconic television series, "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air", Tatyana starred in the hit BET comedy “Second Generation Wayans” and long-running CBS soap opera "The Young and the Restless". The five-time NAACP Image Award winner has appeared in numerous films, and she and sister Anastasia Ali helm "HazraH Entertainment", a production company dedicated to creating quality content for underserved communities. Tatyana is a fierce advocate. She joined March of Dimes’ Celebrity Advocate Council to help strengthen the community of moms, dads, and families that understand the importance of sharing their parenting experiences. Tatyana was the first host of "Unspoken Stories: A March of Dimes Podcast", which highlights the real and honest stories of pregnancy, parenthood, and loss that are too often left unshared.