Dahna M. Chandler, 53, who has spent her entire life in the media with little exception, is an accomplished professional. A graduate of Wellesley College and currently a graduate student at Georgetown University, she is an internationally-published, award-winning business journalist, professional blogger, and communications consultant and content marketing strategist.
She maintains membership in several professional organizations including Society of American Business Editors & Writers and the American Society of Journalists & Authors. Ms. Chandler, whose articles have been published in several languages, has two decades of journalism experience.
She has written for multiple news organizations, many of them major. Her Black Enterprise and other articles have even been used by researchers and book authors in their writings. In 2005, Ms. Chandler received an award for “Downfall of a Black Syndication Kingpin,” published in the April 2005 of Black Enterprise magazine.
Ms. Chandler’s professional career as an arts and entertainment marketing began in 1980 when she worked as a paid intern in her father’s AAMARP program at Northeastern University. In that role, she created press lists, helped design and distribute flyers and postcards as well as helped plan and execute the many events held there weekly.
She likes to say, ‘ I’ve been in PR my entire life,” and cites her first ‘media appearance’ as being at ten months old as a photo model for her Dad’s photography class at MassArt. (The Artist is a 1967 graduate of MassArt.) Ms. Chandler has since appeared in multiple newspaper and magazine articles and on television programs with her father. Her father’s promotional materials have prominently featured her for over 35 years.
Over the 20 years, using her unique experiences with high profile individuals and organizations, Ms. Chandler has provided press relations expertise to multiple visual and performing artists and art organizations.
She has served as the marketing and public relations chair on numerous nonprofit boards and lead communications committees in organizations like the Junior League of Atlanta. Clients and nonprofit colleagues recognize her for media campaigns that are unique, professional, well-executed, honest, and successful.
Similarly, an award-winning entrepreneur since she was old enough to execute a contract in her name legally, Ms. Chandler has achieved success in her business endeavors for 20 years as a business development and sales and marketing consultant.
Today, in addition to her other professional activities, she is as focused on preserving her father’s historical legacy as an artist, civil rights activist, women’s advocate, and educator. She recognizes that, without the sacrifices to their careers and personal lives made by her father and his contemporaries, whatever their role in civil rights history, many of us, particularly those on the national scene, could not be who and where we are. She doesn’t take that for granted because she knows what it cost them.
Many paid the ultimate price. Others had to forgo much more lucrative careers. She places her father in the latter category and is confident he deserves the respect, and finally, the remuneration, his art, and contributions have earned him—and have helped many others to make in their art careers.
Because of her history with her father, Ms. Chandler, herself a talented visual artist, feels uniquely equipped and impassioned to represent him and his interests. She became her father’s exclusive artist representative and art sales agent in 2007.
Finally, one of Ms. Chandler’s proudest accomplishments is her grown son, Darrien, 32, who is in law enforcement in Baltimore, MD. Ms. Chandler resides in Washington, DC.
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