New York Women In Communications Announces 2021-2022 Board Of Directors

NEW YORK – October 15, 2021 — New York Women in Communications (NYWICI), the premier organization for female communications professionals, announced today the addition of seven new members to its 2021-2022 Board of Directors, as well as incoming President Dustee Jenkins, Head of Global Communications and Public Relations, Spotify. New board members join from top organizations including BET, The Atlantic, Forbes, BDG, Camron PR, and Spotify.

As NYWICI’s new President, Jenkins brings almost two decades of experience in communications, media relations, executive positioning, government affairs, community relations and reputation management. Prior to joining Spotify, Jenkins was Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at Target. 

“Communication professionals are critical to every organization and there has never been a more important time to be a part of our industry than right now,” said Dustee Jenkins, President of NYWICI, Head of Global Communications and Public Relations, Spotify. “Our incoming Board is made up of leaders who have helped steer their organizations and families through some of the biggest challenges we’ve ever faced. They are committed to helping women at any stage in their careers achieve success and balance in their lives.” 

Below is a complete list of the 2021-2022 Board of Directors:

  • President: Dustee Jenkins, Head of Global Communications and Public Relations, Spotify
  • President Elect: Georgia Galanoudis, Executive Vice President Media, HIMSS
  • Immediate Past President: Ashley Miles, Founder & CEO of Franklyn West
  • Treasurer: Linda Descano, Executive Vice President, Red Havas
  • Assistant Treasurer: Hayley Romer, Chief Revenue Officer and Publisher, The Atlantic
  • Secretary / COS: Abi Evans, SVP, Business Leadership, dentsu international
  • Chief Communications Officer: Kimberly Paige, EVP, Chief Marketing Officer, BET
  • Chief Partnerships Officer: Abbey Klaassen, President, Business Leadership – East Region, dentsu international
  • Chief Programming Officer: Vita Harris, Chief Strategy Officer, FCB
  • Chief Strategy Officer: Laura Brusca, SVP, Corporate Communications, Forbes
  • VP, Communications: Melody Lee, Principal, Americas, Camron PR
  • VP, Strategic Planning: Singleton Beato, Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer, McCann
  • VP, Corporate Partnerships/Membership: Kate Mitchell, EVP & Chief Marketing Officer, Majestic Steel USA
  • VP, Corporate Partnerships/Membership: Chardia Christophe-Garcia, Executive Director of Audience and Community Marketing, Forbes
  • VP, Corporate Partnerships/Membership: Mary Kate McGrath, Chief Operating Officer, BDG
  • VP, Corporate Partnerships/Membership: Sheereen Miller Russell, Group VP Ad Sales and Partner Solutions for Inclusion Audiences, OWN
  • VP, Professional Programming: Chelsea Orcutt, Program Manager, Thirty Madison
  • VP, Scholarships & Grants: Rahel Rasu, Head of Global Communications, DDB
  • VP, Scholarships & Grants: Gabrielle Gambrell, Chief Communications Officer and Professor
  • VP, Student Programming: Brandi Boatner, Social and Influencer Communication Lead, Global Markets, IBM
  • VP, Student Programming: Tamika Young, Global Head of Music & Cultural Impact, PR & Communications, Spotify
  • VP, Thought Leader Programming: Elissa Harman, Creative Product Lead, Content, Facebook
  • VP, Thought Leader Programming: Megan Rokosh, Chief Marketing Officer, Havas Healthcare

The announcement of the 2021-2022 Board of Directors immediately precedes NYWICI’s 2021 Matrix Awards, which take place on October 18, 2021 at 12pm ET. This year marks the 51st anniversary of the Matrix Awards, and it will be taking place virtually with emcee Hallie Jackson, NBC News Senior Washington Correspondent and Host of MSNBC’s “Hallie Jackson Reports.” 

NYWICI is opening access to this event for anyone who would like to attend but asking attendees to donate to the organization when they register. Donations from the Matrix Awards go to support NYWICI operations as well as a full range of scholarships and educational programs for women. To date, NYWICI has given more than $1.7 million in scholarships.

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About New York Women in Communications
New York Women in Communications is dedicated to promoting the highest standards throughout the industry and to providing education and leadership for the next generation.  Founded in 1929,  the not-for-profit association has more than 2,500 members — from senior executives to students and entrepreneurs to young professionals — representing a variety of communications disciplines. NYWICI’s mission is to support women at all levels of their communications careers, to help define the future of communications and stay ahead of the industry’s ever-changing landscape. The organization’s membership encompasses senior executives and other experienced communicators from a wide range of enterprises, as well as young professionals and students. NYWICI empowers women across communications disciplines to reach their full potential by promoting their professional growth, inspiring them to achieve and share their successes and helping them navigate the evolving and converging world of communications.



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