Denise Rolark Barnes is the publisher of The Washington Informer, the award-winning community newspaper serving the African American community in the Washington metropolitan area. In addition to her work at The Washington Informer, Rolark-Barnes maintains The Washington Informer Charities, a non-profit organization that promotes literacy and sponsors internship opportunities and writing competitions for students interested in pursuing careers in journalism. Rolark Barnes’ board memberships include EventsDC, the United Black Fund and the Maryland, Delaware, DC Press Association (MDDC), the National Newspaper Publishers Association, the DC Martin Luther King Holiday Commission and the Commission on the 40th Anniversary of Home Rule. She is also a member of Leadership Greater Washington and an inductee into the D.C. Hall of Fame. Rolark Barnes is a graduate of Howard University and Howard University School of Law.