Charmion N. Kinder has played a role in extending the reach of government, political, non-profit, business and advocacy organizations with her communications expertise in philanthropic and community-based initiatives for nearly two decades.
Charmion has played a role in extending the reach of government, political, non-profit, business and advocacy organizations with her communications expertise in philanthropic and community-based initiatives for nearly two decades.
As the current Director of Communications for Discovery Education Corporate Education Partnerships, Charmion leads media relations and strategic outreach efforts. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, and serves 5 million educators and 51 million students in half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the UK, and more than 90 countries around the world. The largest professional learning community of its kind, Discovery Education is powered by Discovery, Inc., the number one nonfiction media company in the world.
Charmion most recently led communications for My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK Alliance), where she provided strategic communications counsel for the organization’s work to expand opportunities for boys and young men of color. Prior to her service with MBK Alliance, Charmion led social responsibility communications at The Walt Disney Company. As a key member of Disney’s Corporate Communications team, she developed engagement campaigns that elevated the company’s reputation and influenced kids, families, and communities that needed inspiration most. In 2015, the company contributed more than $333 million through charitable cash giving, product contributions and public service announcements, to charitable organizations domestically and globally.
In service to the Obama Administration from 2009 to 2013, Charmion aided former President Barack Obama as a political appointee in ranging public affairs capacities, including: Assistant Press Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Associate for the Press Office of First Lady Michelle Obama where her work enhanced communications, research and strategy-based support for the First Lady’s Let’s Move! and Joining Forces initiatives, and Special Assistant for the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC).
In 2008, Charmion joined Obama for America as a field organizer for the Missouri Campaign for Change. Her work as an organizer empowered targeted communities across Kansas City’s urban core – including more than 14,457 voters in 32 precincts – to collectively plan, implement and manage multiple voter contact, outreach and GOTV events. Collective efforts resulted in the historic election of the 44th President of the United States. Preceding her political career, Charmion worked as Assistant Campaign Manager at the Ad Council, Inc., where she managed the distribution and promotion of several key campaigns including: childhood obesity prevention, nutrition education, stroke awareness, diabetes prevention and online sexual exploitation prevention. Charmion was responsible for expanding social awareness platforms through guiding the strategic development, creative design and targeted outreach of Ad Council PSAs.
At the Ad Council, Charmion liaised several key Ad Council partners including: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), American Stroke Association (ASA), National Football League (NFL), Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and DreamWorks. There she managed a budget of nearly $10 million across three campaign platforms.
From 2004 to 2007, Charmion was employed with Edelman, an international public relations agency. There she advised ranging clients with Edelman’s healthcare and corporate social responsibility practices, based both in Washington, D.C. and in New York, NY. While there, she contributed a wealth of knowledge to alliance development, issues advocacy outreach and healthcare solutions.
At the start of her career, Charmion worked with a range of non-profit political initiatives, including America Coming Together (ACT), the Hip Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN), the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to facilitate non-partisan campaigns that focused on encouraging voter empowerment through the collaboration of voter registration, education and protection.
Charmion graduated from the Howard University School of Communications where she received a B.A. in journalism with a focus in public relations. She also attended Harvard Business School’s Corporate Social Responsibility Executive Education Program – Harvard’s social enterprise initiative trains emerging leaders on strategies to create business and social value.
Charmion enjoys reading, dancing, inspiring others and empowering communities of promise through mentorship in her spare time.