Leadership

Yolanda H. Caraway

pic_yolandaWith a career in public affairs, strategic communications and political management spanning 25 years, President and CEO Yolanda Caraway has a proven track record of excellence that has made the agency a success. That success has resulted in The Caraway Group working with major clients like Microsoft Corp., MGM MIRAGE, Bristol Myers Squibb, MCI, Mitsubishi and Texaco. As one of the nation's top political strategists, Yolanda's extensive work for the Democratic National Committee and with major political campaigns has produced relationships with elite influencers and decision makers. Through these associations she has counseled government and nonprofit agencies such as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Center for American Progress, NATO 50th Anniversary Summit and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Foundation Project. Read more about Yolanda.

Rae Robinson Trotman

pic_raeAs chief of staff for The Caraway Group, Rae supervises a number of agency accounts as well as manages new business relationships and oversees employee relations. With more than 10 years of issues advocacy and public affairs experience, she has helped cultivate and maintain working relationships with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History & Culture, the American Federation of Teachers and the State of Maine, among others. Her work in policy writing and social welfare programs provide Caraway's clients with an insight that makes a significant difference. Read more about Rae.

The Team

Phallan Davis

pic_marcAs an associate for The Caraway Group, Phallan implements targeted communications plans with innovative and aggressive outreach strategies. Before joining the Caraway team, she served as communications specialist for D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser (Ward 4). Phallan successfully led efforts to increase the level of exposure in both print and broadcast media of important initiatives and legislation. She also worked to enhance the councilmember's social media and blogosphere presence. As assistant press secretary for Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (TX-23), Phallan managed media relations, where she worked to shine a spotlight on issues and legislation that he championed. Read more about Phallan.

Darrell Jackson, Jr.

pic_darrellAs an associate at The Caraway Group, Darrell handles outreach to diverse media for clients. His efforts have been instrumental in ensuring clients' appeal to multicultural audiences. Darrell's media relations experience as deputy communications director for the Hillary Clinton for President South Carolina primary campaign as well as a national press aide, has played an integral role in influencing relationships with the media that have lead to profitable communications campaigns. Read more about Darrell.

Tonya Williams

pic_tonyaAs a junior associate at The Caraway Group, Tonya contributes her experiences in writing, client management and media relations to the agency. In her role she supports the president and chief of staff while working on strategic marketing activities for the company and its clients. Tonya has been a part of successful media relations strategies for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Ron Brown Scholar Program and Extra-Ordinary Life. Along with agency work, she has experience in event planning, having worked for Memphis in May International Festival. Read more about Tonya.

Marc Lizmi

pic_marcAs a communications fellow for The Caraway Group, Marc is responsible for media outreach for Microsoft Corp, carries out the company's social media initiatives and serves as a great support to the entire team. He has worked with National Geographic Television and Levick Strategic Communications. As a communications manager of The Cruise Line, Ltd., he led advertisement campaigns and helped significantly increase the company's profits through his implementation of their marketing strategy. Read more about Marc.

Lisa D. Hargrove

pic_lisaAs operations manager for The Caraway Group, Lisa manages office and logistical matters. With more than 10 years of event planning experience, Lisa Hargrove has managed events and major budgets for some of the country's most influential political figures. As executive assistant to the chief of staff and director of operations for the Democratic National Convention Committee, Lisa served as a liaison between the CEO, elected officials and labor unions, and coordinated media briefings and interviews. She was responsible for the day-to-day management of the Washington, D.C. congressional office for Congressman Mike Honda. Read more about Lisa.

Senior Advisors

Yoji Cole

pic_yojiYoji's 13 years of experience as a journalist covering issues that are relevant to diverse groups has been rewarding to the Caraway team and the audiences he's touched. As a senior advisor, Yoji follows client projects and writes stories for placement in the country's top publications. In 2003, after working as a senior journalist for DiversityInc, he became its Los Angeles bureau chief. Yoji was also responsible for producing subscriber-generating special sections for DiversityInc. One of note was the monthly celebrity section, "My 5 Rules for Success." The section featured celebrities such as Vanessa Williams, Christina Saralegui, Blair Underwood, and Shemar Moore among others. Read more about Yoji.

Paul Shepard

pic_paulAs a senior advisor to The Caraway Group, Paul uses his more than 20 years experience in journalism, nonprofit communications and cause related public relations to counsel clients on the best ways to effectively deliver messages to their target audience. Most recently he served as vice president at GMMB Inc., a public relations firm based in Washington, DC. Throughout his career, Paul has written for award-winning publications including, the Associated Press, the New York Times, The Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune. He has also developed media strategies for some of the world's largest and most influential nonprofit organizations. Read more about Paul.

Cheryl Martin

pic_cherylCheryl Martin leads media coaching and training for The Caraway Group. Cheryl was the popular moderator of "Lead Story," a Sunday news analysis program on Black Entertainment Television (BET) for five years. The show brought together some of the top African-American journalists to discuss the major national and international news events of the week. During the 2000 presidential election campaign, Cheryl hosted "Lead Story" from the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. She has also interviewed President Bill Clinton, General Colin Powell, and Condoleezza Rice. Read more about Cheryl.