Rachel D. Graham

Rachel D. Graham is a communications veteran with a talent for message development and media relations. In August 2014, she founded small hinges SCE, a public relations firm that leverages her 20-years experience in strategic campaign development, communications and event management to secure tangible wins for the client base it serves. She also hosts the weekday afternoon drive-time show, #RealTalk with Rachel on WBOK 1230 AM. Rachel is a respected social media influencer under the pseudonym Bayou Lois Lane and avid contributor to conversations on economic equity, social justice and pop culture.

Prior to launching small hinges SCE, she served as communications manager for the Neighborhoods Partnership Network, a New Orleans-based 501 (c)(3) organization that engages residents in community redevelopment and civic processes. In this role, she also served as Editor-In-Chief of The NPN Trumpet, the organization's bi-monthly magazine. Additionally, she has worked with the administrations of two major cities – Houston and Philadelphia – focusing on community engagement and constituent service approaches.

Throughout her career, Rachel has advised non-profit organizations, small businesses and corporations in several industry sectors on strategically linking message to mission. She has held leadership positions with some of the leading non-profit community development organizations in the city of New Orleans, in some cases launching organizational communications teams, activating comprehensive rebrands and establishing communications protocol. As Manager, Marketing Communications, for the Houston region's leading economic development organization, she served as lead speechwriter for its executive leadership team and board of directors. As a fledgling account executive, Rachel rose through the ranks of the 1999 campaign of former Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street to serve as site manager for his general election celebration. She would go on to be appointed arrangements committee member and media relations liaison for the City of Philadelphia's 2000 Inauguration Ceremonies.

Rachel has demonstrated particular prowess in the promotion of hospitality, tourism and arts and culture. She is the former Marketing Director for Houston-based restaurant group tbk Holdings, Inc., the parent company of cultural and culinary icons, the breakfast klub and the Reggae Hut. the breakfast klub has recently been spotlighted on the Steve Harvey Show and the Tom Joyner Morning Show. She also played an integral role pulling together an ad hoc committee responsible for securing the first feature-length article on the City of Houston in Essence Magazine.

Recognized for her keen insight on issues impacting everyday citizens, Rachel was selected to represent the Southern Region of the National Urban League Young Professionals in the 2007 Heineken/NUL Rising Stars Policy Paper competition for her submission on the effects of the Community Reinvestment Act eliminating discriminatory lending practices.

A former board member with the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce, the Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals and the Press Club of New Orleans, Rachel is the current president-elect of the New Orleans Association of Black Journalists. She also serves Vice Chair of the board of directors for the Crescent City Community Land Trust. She is a member of the Women's Campaign School at Yale's Class of 2014 and the New Leaders Council Louisiana 2015 Alumni Class.

Rachel D. Graham Principal & Chief Strategist - small hinges SCE

Rachel D. Graham

Principal & Chief Strategist - small hinges SCE

New Orleans, United States

Civic Engagement
Facilitation & Strategic Planning

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