Paul Shepard

Senior Advisor

Paul Shepard, principal and founder of Shepard Strategic Communications (SSC), has worked for more than 20 years at the top levels of daily national journalism, nonprofit communications and agency public relations. Paul is an award-winning journalist and media strategist providing counsel on urban policy, race relations and overall news media strategy.

As America's National Race Writer for the Associated Press, the world's largest news organization, Shepard's reports from South Africa to South Central Los Angeles were featured in hundreds of newspapers including the New York Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Shepard also worked as director of communications for the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation in Washington, DC. There, his op-eds and media outreach efforts won placement for foundation activities in newspapers and on broadcast news outlets around the nation.

Most recently, Shepard was a vice president at GMMB Inc., a public relations firm based in Washington, DC and one of America's leading issue-based communications firms.

There he crafted media strategies for some of the world's largest and most influential nonprofit organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Public Education Network (PEN).