A’Lelia Bundles is an author and journalist currently at work on her fifth book, “The Joy Goddess of Harlem: A'Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance,” a biography of her great-grandmother. "On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker," a biography of her great-great-grandmother, was a New York Times Notable Book and is in development as a Netflix series starring Octavia Spencer.
Bundles was a news executive and producer for thirty years at NBC News and then at ABC News where she was the D.C. deputy bureau chief. She brings warmth, intelligence, humor and a strong grasp of current events and history to her presentations as a keynote speaker and master of ceremonies.
Bundles is a vice chairman of Columbia University's board of trustees and on the advisory boards of Walker’s Legacy, the March on Washington Film Festival and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study’s Schlesinger Library at Harvard. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She served as chairman of the board of the National Archives Foundation from 2011 to 2017.