Charnell Ferguson is a native of Prince George's County, Maryland. She graduated from Bowie State University with a degree in business management. Charnell is the founder of the Diamond Foundation Inc. The Diamond Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit geared to help the community and to build self-esteem in youth while raising awareness on depression, which she suffered with as a youth. She later re-established the NAACP at Bowie State University at the end of her sophomore year and found her love for activism. Later, she became the President of Maryland State NAACP Youth and College Division (Y&CD). This hard work granted her awards and citations for her efforts to improve and serve her community, such as a citation from US Senator Benjamin Cardin in 2018.
In 2018, Charnell was selected to be in the inaugural class of the NAACP Next Gen program and became the Region 7 Chair for the NAACP Y&CD. Charnell has been on many panels and even has been featured in local media outlets speaking out on injustice. One of the most significant was leading a state press conference on the hate crime of her classmate Second Lieutenant Richard Collins III. In 2017, Charnell was selected to be a part of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Emerging Leaders Program where she had the opportunity to intern in the office with Rep.John Conyers'(MI-13) Congressional District on Capitol Hill.
Currently, Charnell serves as the At-Large Executive Committee member of the Maryland State Conference NAACP. She also was recently elected to serve on the National Board of Directors for the NAACP in February 2020. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,Incorporated.As she continues to thrive in her community her favorite quote is "to be in control of your own destiny".