CV

Professional Summary

Communications thought leader with deep expertise in media strategies at a national and global level, regarded as an industry-leading communicator, writer, and strategist. Recognized for setting and leading the external communications strategy and supporting campaigns for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), including proactively releasing thought leadership to the media, working with spokespeople on media interviews, responding to unsolicited media requests, managing communications of in-person and/or virtual events, and building relationship with business leaders.

Skills

Content Strategy  Media Strategy     Cultural, Grassroots, Political Organizing    Media Relations 
Social Media 
  Brand Partnerships    Advocacy    Influencer Marketing

Technical Writing 

Creative Writing 

Public Speaking

Work Experience

2016-present

Chief of External Affairs, GirlTrek

Washington, DC --The largest public health nonprofit for Black women and girls in the United States with 1 million members.

Define, ideate, and drive the execution of the communications strategy with a team of 15 consultants for an international audience. Act as a crucial partner on brand development and messaging, collaborating with various marketing and cross-functional partners.Cooperate with partners in paid-owned and organic media teams to deliver cohesive consumer messaging across all touchpoints. Provide counsel on responding to societal issues, working quickly to prepare and release statements – serve as the international spokesperson. Mentor junior team members.

2013-2016

Communications Manager, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast

Houston, TX --A nonprofit organization that provides reproductive health care in the United States and globally.

Directed the internal and external communications strategies to achieve the organization's communications goals through proactive and reactive media relations, oversight and development of web-based communications efforts, including social media platforms, creation and management of publications, and collaboration and implementation of best practices to protect and elevate the company. Partnered with C-level executives on speeches and presentations while acting as the organization's official spokesperson.

2013-2010

Campaign Director, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 

New Orleans, LA --A union representing 1.9 million workers in over 100 occupations in the United States and Canada. 

Essential role with unions, labor councils, and allies, to build the power and organizing capacity of the labor movement at every level. Collaborated with unions and labor councils to involve a new generation of union activists and leaders who gain experience to win campaigns. Supervised teams of organizers and planned union contract negotiations with the private sector across the state. Created and implemented the media relations strategy.

Education

1996-2000

Nicholls State University

Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communication

Affiliations 

Radical Communications NetworkLeadership Team

Patois: New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival | Board of Directors

Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools | Board of Directors

Konbit Pou Edikasyon | Board of Directors

Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana | Board of Directors