Debayani Kar, Resonance Co-Founder & Strategist
Amplifying the voices of individuals and communities who otherwise may be silenced is what got Debayani into communications and advocacy. For more than 15 years, Debayani has designed strategies to move the needle on domestic and international economic issues, racial justice, LGBTQ equity and immigrant rights. She is particularly proud of her efforts to spotlight the need to invest in boys and young men of color, taken up by the Obama administration in the My Brother’s Keeper initiative.
As a communications strategist, Debayani believes story-driven strategies tailored to the audiences we need to move will create real change. She previously served as account director at Fenton, partnering with foundation and nonprofit clients to change the national conversation about race and public health.
Current and former clients include: Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Cities United, Communities for Just Schools Fund, Essie Justice Group, HealthConnect One, Justice Reinvestment Coalition of Alameda County, Neighborhood Funders Group, Muslim Advocates, and Restore Oakland.
Meredith Fenton, Strategist
Meredith Fenton is a strategist, trainer, facilitator and coach who believes in the power of communities to create the world of our dreams. She partners with change-making leaders, organizations and movements to shape effective strategy, tell powerful stories, facilitate productive conversations, build capacity and win progressive social change.
For four years, Meredith was a Vice President at Fenton- the agency (with a coincidental name) where she led partnerships with a wide range of social justice organizations and foundations. Previously Meredith served as the Director of Communication Strategies at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and as the National Program Director of COLAGE. Outside of work, Meredith serves on the Board of Directors of Californians for Justice and is an aspiring photographer and avid Broadway fan. A magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College, Meredith lives in Oakland, CA with her partner and Muppet of a dog.
Current and former clients include: Immigrant Legal Resource Center, The Hood Incubator, Latino Community Foundation, Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, The San Francisco Foundation, Bay Area Jewish Healing Center and Equality Federation.
Claudette Silver, Strategist
Claudette Silver has worked at the intersection of activism, civic impact and entertainment for more than twenty years. Through her Asheville, NC based company, Silver Muse Productions, she regularly partners with other strategists to create cause-related communication strategies that reflect the individual needs of each client. With a strong emphasis on using public events to deliver the message, she engages the power of pop culture to move progressive ideas center stage. From developing GOTV events for Gloria Steinem during election years to designing an alternative fuel plan for the Lollapalooza tour that was covered by MTV, Claudette creates compelling public programs that deliver the message effectively and with integrity.
Prior to her foray into communications and public event strategy, Claudette received her B.A. in communication design from the American University in Washington, DC.
Current and former clients include: Blueprint NC, Down Home NC, Stop Deceptive Amendments Campaign, Gloria Steinem, Perry Farrell and Lollapalooza, People for the American Way, author Ian Haney López, The New Yorker Festival, SPIN Academy, Bioneers, Equality Federation, Lilith Fair, The Breast Cancer Fund, and Julia Butterfly Hill, among others.
Naomi Abraham, Resonance Co-Founder & Strategist
Naomi works with groups to advance a messaging and communications framework that drives results related to racial justice, immigrant rights, economic justice, and other issues. Specifically, this entails working with clients to find their organizational voice, story, strategy, and devise implementable tactics for integrating strategic communications and design thinking into the fabric of their work. Prior to her work as a communications consultant, Naomi managed a multi-million dollar immigrant civic engagement fund for various national funders. After transitioning to communications, Naomi worked as the communications director for the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience and before that a senior communications associate with PolicyLink.
Recently, Naomi launched AMP: grassroots², an online storytelling and fundraising platform that seeks to make visible the remarkable efforts of organizers around the country. She holds graduate degrees in international relations and journalism, respectively from City University of New York and Columbia University.
Current and former clients include: Bay Area Workforce Collaborative, ChangeLab Solutions, Color Of Change, Community Conferencing Center, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, HealthConnect One, Open Society Foundation-New Venture Fund, Video Volunteers
Ryann Holmes, Strategist
Ryann Holmes is a communications strategist, creative consultant, youth mentor, and event producer. By cultivating cultural and creative spaces, Ryann imagines big and creates pathways for expression, beloved community, and love as wealth.
In 2009, Ryann created the bklyn boihood collective, which has garnered more than 50,000 online followers, published 6 print calendars, and released an award winning anthology called Outside the XY: Queer Black and Brown Masculinity. From 2012-2015, Ryann was the Director of Community Programs at the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts (MoCADA). Some of Ryann's consulting work has included leading a production team for Harry Belafonte's Many Rivers to Cross and serving as a community economic and arts consultant for the Center for Nuleadership. In 2016, Ryann was voted one of Brooklyn Magazine’s top 100 cultural innovators. Ryann has an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship.
Current and former clients include: The Center for NuLeadership & How Our Lives Link Altogether (H.O.L.L.A.), Housing Works, Beyond Bold & Brave (The Black Lesbian Conference), Community Conferencing Center, Many Rivers to Cross Festival, MVMT Films.
Preeti Shekar, Strategist
Preeti is a journalist and communications specialist, with more than a decade’s experience with media and social justice organizations in India and the US. She worked as a news reporter in India, before moving to the US to get a graduate degree in Women’s Studies. Preeti has also been actively engaged with anti violence work at the intersections of immigrant and LGBT rights specifically with the South Asian diaspora in the US. She has been the Director of Narika, a Bay area-based organization working to end domestic violence in the South Asian diaspora; worked as a language interpreter with the International Rescue Committee, and a language support advocate with the Asian Women’s Shelter in the Bay area (for Hindi, Urdu and Tamil speaking survivors of violence).
Preeti is a contributing editor with Reimagine Race, Poverty and the Environment, a popular journal focused on intersectional racial and environmental justice analyses. Her work has also appeared in Colorlines, Trikone magazine, Alternet, and Foreign Policy in Focus.
Current and former clients include: Equality Labs, Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University, Center for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley, International Development Exchange (IDEX), Grassroots Global Justice, and Women’s Foundation of California.