Debayani Kar, Resonance Strategist
Amplifying the voices of individuals and communities who otherwise do not get heard in the public debate is what got Debayani into communications and advocacy. For more than 15 years, Debayani has designed communications and advocacy strategies that have moved the needle on 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, which was taken up by the Obama administration as the My Brother’s Keeper initiative.
As a Resonance strategist, Debayani selects client projects that advance racial justice, LGBTQ equity and lift up opportunity for communities whose voices and concerns are otherwise marginalized. Debayani believes story-driven strategies tailored to the audiences who we need to move will create the change we seek.
Current and former clients include: Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Cities United, HealthConnect One, Justice Reinvestment Coalition of Alameda County, Muslim Advocates and National Economic and Social Rights Initiative.
Prior to starting the Resonance communications hub, Debayani served as senior communications associate at PolicyLink, where she worked to elevate the conversation about why changing demographics makes equity both a moral and economic imperative. Her areas of focus included building an equitable, national food system and advancing equity within federal transportation policy.
Debayani also served as account director at Fenton Communications, where she worked with foundation and nonprofit clients to change the national conversation about low-income communities and communities of color. At Fenton, Debayani’s client work enabled her to partner with community organizations and external practitioners to advance a messaging and communications framework to advance racial equity and public health. Her Fenton clients included Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, Annie E. Casey Foundation, First 5 LA, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The California Endowment and Transgender Law Center.
Debayani has also previously led communications at non-profits including Race Forward (formerly Applied Research Center), Institute for Policy Studies and Center for Economic and Policy Research. In these roles, Debi furthered communications strategies, branding, messaging, media relations, social media and website development. A graduate of Northwestern University, Debi is a writer, performer and community activist who believes in the power of stories to create social change.
Debayani also leads communications strategy and support for clients in the Wonder Network.