Madelyn Strong Woodley is the youngest sister to the seven remaining siblings of Helen Strong Settles, and is the aunt of Ron Settles. She established the initial groundwork of Ronnie’s legacy by initiating a conversation with her dear friend, the late Johnnie L. Cochran Jr.,Esq., about her desire to honor Ronnie and his parents through the dedication of the Memphis Cochran Firm’s conference room.
As a retired FedEx Corporate Sr. Executive & Division Head, much of her work is dedicated to community wellness and social justice. Madelyn is currently a lifetime member of NAACP having served as an executive board member in Memphis, TN and now in Boulder County. She remains in the forefront of advocacy and activism for African Americans in Tennessee and Colorado. Her most recent role as a pilot member of the Boulder Police Oversight Implementation Team has given voice to the issues concerning African Americans in the Boulder Valley Community.
Social justice advocacy is a great passion of Madelyn's and she believes in the fight for equality and justice until the end. Being able to be an advisor to the 2020 RSMF Board of Directors means more than words can express! Her mantra is, “treat others as you’d like to be treated”.