Return to Main

Tracee Ellis Ross

The Womens Conference

How She Empowers Others

Ross is best known as the star of the hit sitcom Girlfriends that ran for eight seasons on The UPN/CW network and earned her eight NAACP Image Award nominations including two wins, one in 2007 and again in 2009 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She recently completed her 2nd appearance in Nora and Delia Ephron’s LOVE LOSS AND WHAT I WORE, first at the Westside Theatre in NY and then at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Ross’s feature film work has included Labor Pains with Lindsay Lohan, HBO’s Life Support with Queen Latifah, Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls with Gabrielle and Hanging Up with Jennifer Connelly and Marcia Gay Harden to name a few. She also has a pivotal guest starring role opposite Amy Brenneman in ABC’S Private Practice earlier this year.

Ross began her television career as the host of her own television show, Lifetime's The Dish, for which she was named a "Face to Watch" by the Los Angeles Times. She has written, produced and performed in segments for cable shows, appeared as a series regular on MTV's sketch comedy The Lyricist Lounge Show and guest starred, hosted or co-hosted various other television.  

Ross is a dedicated and passionate volunteer, intent on making a difference in the lives of at-risk teenage girls. She works closely with Aviva Family and Children Services in Los Angeles and also The Big Brother Big Sister organizations in Los Angeles, Michigan and New York where she has held the self-esteem workshop she created called “The Me I Know”. Ross was honored by The Los Angeles Urban League as "Volunteer of the Year" for 2004 and is the 2009 recipient of the “Impact Award” from the Aviva Organization.

As a vetted Obama Surrogate, Ross campaigned across the country during 2007 and 2008 and actively participates in President and First Lady Obama’s Mentoring Initiative.

Ross is a graduate of Brown University and the William Esper Acting Studio.