Leveraging over a decade of experience in law, politics, government and public affairs, Ebie Strategies LLC combines big picture vision with an ability to connect the dots across various industries, driving public policy and institutional decisionmaking processes in a more inclusive and progressive direction. Below are some examples of this experience.
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Government Affairs / Strategic Partnerships
Ken Thompson for Brooklyn District Attorney: Guided campaign victory for first African American Brooklyn District Attorney against 23-year incumbent in highly competitive primary election and 46-point general election victory. Prepared and staffed candidate for key meetings and media appearances. Led daily staff conference calls and weekly staff meetings for candidate, paid consultants, and staff members. Recruited and managed hundreds of volunteers and campaign intern program. Cultivated and managed relationships with key elected officials, clergy and community leaders. Formulated and led fundraising strategy that raised over $1.3 million during 2013 election cycle.
“Made in NY” Media Summit: Conceived and spearheaded the production of the first-ever “Made in NY” Media Summit in Harlem (2018), which established partnerships with local cultural and media organizations. Full-day summit featured industry panels, a live screenplay read, networking lunch and local business showcase and sought to create and highlight workforce and economic development opportunities for NYC-based media industry professionals and small businesses. Over 1,000 guests attended.
Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation (WJSFF): Forged partnership with Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation to launch national entertainment industry workforce development initiative in New York City. Two-day initiative featured industry panel discussions, career fair and fireside chat with Jada Pinkett-Smith at Rockefeller Foundation headquarters. Responsible for recruitment and coordination of over 500 diverse New York City high school and college student participants. Managed relationships with senior members of WSJFF and Rockefeller Foundation staff.
NYC Film Green: Created NYC Film Green, the first government sponsored sustainability program for film and TV industry in the U.S. The groundbreaking initiative forged strategic partnerships between government, industry and labor organizations - including network and studio executives (e.g., NBC Universal, CBS, HBO, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Paramount, etc.), large soundstages, industry guild and labor leadership (e.g., Producers Guild of America- East, Teamsters Local 817, etc.). Innovative program produced measurable and sustainable results - i.e., over 20,000 pounds of food and 8,700 pounds of set dressing donated in first year of implementation.
Minority-Owned Infrastructure Investment Firm: Special Advisor for Stakeholder Initiatives for minority-owned infrastructure investment and advisory firm bringing innovative financial solutions to enhance infrastructure assets in North America. Focus on community engagement strategy in connection with New York-based infrastructure development projects.
PR / Strategic Communications / Branding
Social Services Organization: Led team providing strategic planning services to anti-poverty policy and advocacy organization serving over 200 social services member agencies in order to improve member engagement efforts. Project involved internal organizational assessment, member interviews, focus group facilitation, and findings and recommendations report for senior leadership.
Philanthropic Foundation: Provided branding and strategic communications support for philanthropic foundation. Advised on development and launch of groundbreaking $300M public-private partnership. Coordinated school visit and roundtable discussion event involving client and various state and local elected officials.
Film Production Company: Led social impact campaign for critically-acclaimed documentary. Recruited interdisciplinary stakeholders for Tribeca Film Festival premiere screening and co-facilitated brain trust convening. Produced community screening in collaboration with Black Lives Matter DC and prepared impact campaign strategy for pitches to potential distributors.
Marketing Research Firm: Directed research efforts for leading global marketing research firm seeking to promote report series focused on multicultural consumer spending habits and industry trends. Interviewed members of senior leadership, led industry environmental scan and conducted desk research to gauge brand awareness. Prepared final report with recommendations for senior leadership.
Diversity / Equity / Inclusion
TV/Film Production Company: Provided strategic counsel as part of team advising leading multicultural film, television and digital production company on the creation of pro-social initiatives to advance multicultural content creation and diversification of the entertainment industry power structure.
Non-Profit Theater Companies: Co-facilitated cohort training program for award winning service and advocacy organization supporting NYC’s theater community. Produced and hosted highly successful October 2019 board diversity networking event featuring fireside chat with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and panel discussion with board members and senior staff of theater companies.
Beyond #MeToo: A Working Group on Corporate Governance, Compliance and Risk: Founding member of working group of legal professionals seeking to leverage insights from the #MeToo movement to recommend best practices and create compliance and management structures that prevent workplace misconduct and abuses of power in corporate America.
Moderator, COVID-19, Economic Justice and Communities of Color with Marc Morial (President & CEO, National Urban League), "CUP Conversations" Speaker Series, April 16, 2020 [Video]
Moderator, Cultivating Male Allies with Reshma Saujani (Founder & CEO, Girls Who Code), CUP Annual Fellows Convening, October 19, 2019
Keynote Speaker, Running Together, NYC African Heritage Month Celebration and African Diaspora Town Hall, Brooklyn, NY, September 12, 2019 [Video (remarks start at 33:30)]
Panelist, Climate Change Day, Chelsea Film Festival, New York, NY, October 22, 2017
Panelist, Policy Advances for Sustainable Production, Vancouver International Film Festival 2017 Sustainable Production Forum, Vancouver, BC, October 4, 2017 [Video]
Panelist, Digital Brand Protection & Risk Management, General Counsel Conference 2017, New York, NY, September 27, 2017