David T





Elizabeth, NJ

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Highly experienced, outcomes driven leader in corporate communications and public relations with proven record of driving organizational goals for growth and revenue through strategically crafted messaginge and imaginge. Over 230 years of demonstrated success in raising the public profile of organizations and companies, framing the narrative and effectively engaging the media. Passionate about portraying in words and pictures the messaging and image that best reflects the company identity, mission and culture. Adept in full scope of public relations, managing the reputation of companies and corporations, publicizing organizational corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives and implementing crisis communication protocols. Skilled in researching and identifying media opportunities for corporate executives to demonstrate thought leadership on industry relevant issues. Demonstrated acuity in establishing corporate relationships and partnerships to enhance the bottom line.


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Rutgers University Communications 2019 Master Degree
Yale University History 1987 Bachelor Degree

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• Generated participation of over 100,000 individuals within an online international voting platform for performing artists in the launch of the African Entertainment Awards USA. • Influenced the positive momentum of Reverend Evan Mawarire’s campaign to draw international attention to government corruption in Zimbabwe by publicizing the honoring of Reverend Mawarire at the African Entertainment Awards USA, which contributed to the toppling of the Mugabe regime less than one year later. • Assisted in mobilizing thousands of African voters to turn out on election day in support of Phil Murphy’s gubernatorial bid through reporting and publicizing the efforts of Africans for Phil Murphy. • Created a new mode for daily communication from the district to students, parents, teachers, and administrators by designing and launching @NPSVoices, an active social media channel. • Improved public opinion of the district and district superintendent by actively combatting heavy criticisms from the Newark mayor through creation and distribution of media rebuttals to provide a factual public record of district actions and achievements.Researched and wrote a proposal for the district to acquire a student-run computer help-desk curriculum to support students in developing high-demand technical skills, delivered the proposal to district CIO to present to district leadership. • Composed and electronically published two internal newsletters for distribution to 5,000 district teachers and administrators, thus filling a critical gap in the provision of regularly updated information on district meetings, initiatives, innovative practices, successes and achievements. • Generated new and expanded exposure to the public and the educational market through creation of press releases for NJ print and television media, resulting in saturation of coverage within the local market, as well as coverage on two New York metro area television stations and across New York based newspapers. • Increased enrollment and revenue through production of partnerships with educational, cultural, and government institutions, including the NJ Amistad Commission, the US Distance Learning Association, and the Jackie Robinson Foundation. • Secured a keynote speaker for the 1st annual Transatlantic Celebration by reaching out to Ghana’s first lady, Ernestina Mills, to invite her to speak, and writing her keynote speech following her acceptance of the invitation. • Produced over $200,000 in grant funds for acquisition of new technology from Polycom Corporation by researching and writing grant applications. • Facilitated channels for emergency assistance for NJ residents following the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center by submitting articles and press releases to the Star Ledger and other newspapers to inform the public that NESF served as a distribution source for emergency funds to workers and families impacted by the tragedy. • Resolved a lack of suitable publicity channels for NESF’s 25th anniversary celebration due to zero funds for an advertising budget by reaching out to major media firms, ultimately securing multiple channels to advertise the event, including four donated billboards, recorded PSAs for Cablevision, secured a prominent listing in the Weekend Spotlight of the Star Ledger, and secured the filming of a feature profile highlighting NESF’s impact on the Newark community by NJTV. • Generated over $75,000 in net income through coordination of NESF’s successful 25th anniversary celebration, providing direct oversight for the logistics, advertising, marketing and outreach. • Increased revenue and volume of large client accounts by prospecting and securing Linen’s N’ Things, Barnes & Noble, Nordstrom’s, among other high profile corporations as new clients. • Promoted to lead the Western region client acquisition team as a result of successes in closing new large client accounts. • Contributions to growth in company accounts and revenue positioned the organization for acquisition / merger.

Companies I like:

Johnson & Johnson, Princeton University


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Researched grants and funding opportunities, publicized events, developed marketing and publicity plans, pitched stories, conducted media relations, wrote press releases, articles, and social media posts. Completed prospect research and proposal writing for the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Produced content, performed research and edited submissions for publications for the Central Park Conservancy. Created scripts and video writing for the African Entertainment Awards. Publicized the achievements of each district school. Direct oversight for media relations. Composed media rebuttals and position papers. Managed stakeholder engagement, media relations and crisis communications. Researched new innovative initiatives for the district Chief Information Officer (CIO). Composed two internal newsletters for teachers and administrators. Direct oversight for media relations, grant research, grant writing, event planning and coordination, and partnership outreach. Built Oiada from a local start up into an international organization through outreach to school districts throughout the US and the establishment of relationships with organizations around the globe. Garnered television, print and social media coverage of the organization and its programs. Utilized social media to spread awareness of the center’s programs and events. Managed all external communications, media relations, and marketing campaigns to raise community awareness of the agency. Created and produced all marketing material, including newsletters, press releases, brochures, and annual reports. Organized special events and fundraisers, coordinating volunteer teams of up to 12 members. Conducted grant and prospect research and wrote grant proposals. Marketed EDI services to corporate customers. Performed virtual product demos. Functioned as a liaison between the customer and the technical department to ensure customer satisfaction and issue resolution. Served as first-line tech support when customer issues arose.