Venita brings 15+ years of corporate, nonprofit and multicultural communications experience to EVA overseeing digital advocacy and activations.
Venita’s recent advocacy work includes leading the digital engagement and fundraising strategies for a national voter engagement campaign, a cross-movement civil rights organization, and a think tank focused on LGBTQ equality. She led the digital strategy for the campaign to legalize adult-use cannabis in Illinois and was part of the team that worked to pass the Reproductive Health Act in Illinois.
Venita’s work has been honored with awards from the Association of National Advertisers (Multicultural Excellence Awards), the Association of Women in Communications, the Communicator Awards and the Publicity Club of Chicago.
In her ‘spare’ time, Venita advises PushBlack and its parent organization on influencer and digital growth strategies. PushBlack is a nonprofit media platform reaching over 3 million subscribers each day with inspiring black history and news stories, using the power of black history to mobilize subscribers to vote and take action.
She is a 2019 Fellow of the Chicago Foundation for Women Willie’s Warriors Leadership Initiative, which helps black women leaders from a variety of sectors develop community organizing skills, with a focus on systems change, economic empowerment, communications and strategic alliances. She is also a member of the foundation’s South Side Giving Circle, which mobilizes women on Chicago’s South Side and in the South Suburbs to invest in the economic, social and political power of black women and girls in Chicago.
A New Orleans native, Venita now lives in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and an M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications.