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First National Network of Independent Multicultural and LGBT PR Firms, The Change Agencies, Launches

by | Jun 13, 2019

The Change Agencies, the first national network of independent, inclusive public relations and marketing firms has launched, aiming to change the way the industry communicates “to, for and with multicultural and LGBTQ communities.”

According to a release, The Change Agencies is comprised of leaders of African-American, Asian-American, Latinx and LGBTQ firms and supplemented by an Advisory Council of industry influencers

The founder of the network is Ben Finzel, president of D.C.-based RENEWPR, and five of the advisory council members are heads of D.C. firms – Bob Witeck of Witeck Communications, Wes Combs of Combs Consultancy Services, Thomas Sanchez of Social Driver, and Catherine Pino and Ingrid Duran of D&P Creative Strategies.

According to a release, “The Change Agencies is the first-of-its-kind national collective of PR firms to offer inclusive communications services to effectively represent, engage and connect with African American, Asian American, Latinx and LGBTQ communities.

“Working in collaboration with each other as appropriate to client needs, the six agencies comprising The Change Agencies will help businesses and organizations communicate across cultures, ensuring that outreach and marketing to diverse communities is culturally-appropriate, sensitive and meaningful. Every agency owner is either African-American, Asian-American, LatinX or LGBTQ and four of the six co-founders are women.”

The six founding principals are:
Chino Chapa, founder of Chino Chapa Communications in Dallas
Tanya Churchmuch, president of MuchPR in New York
Alexis Davis Smith, president and CEO of PRecise Communications in Atlanta and Miami
Ben Finzel, president of RENEWPR in Washington, D.C.
LaTricia Woods, founder of Mahogany Xan Communications in Phoenix
Christina Yumul, founder and president of Storieology Communications in Maui, Hawaii
and San Francisco

The release states that The Change Agencies “help companies and organizations effectively prepare, address and deliver strategic and culturally-appropriate communication solutions. Among the services offered by the member firms are consumer marketing, public affairs and policy communications, issues management, community relations, influencer outreach, target market research, crisis communications, and message development. The signature offering of The Change Agencies is The CHANGE Audit, a 360 degree, deep-dive discovery process designed to analyze, evaluate and implement appropriate communications throughout an organization.

“Each of The Change Agencies’ member firms has existing clients and experience supporting Fortune 500 companies, privately-held firms and foundations, leading trade associations and advocacy organizations and nonprofits in sectors including: consumer, travel and tourism, packaged goods, retail, telecommunications and automotive, technology, life sciences and healthcare, financial services, education, and government and public affairs.

“The Change Agencies network is supported by an Advisory Council of industry leaders with significant multicultural experience and expertise. Each member of the Advisory Council is a respected, nationally-recognized industry thought leader and practitioner in one or more of the sectors represented by The Change Agencies. These leaders have committed to provide advice, counsel and connections to help The Change Agencies grow and serve clients.”

The Change Agencies Advisory Council members are:
Wesley Combs, CEO of Combs Advisory Services
Ingrid Duran and Catherine Pino, founders and CEOs of D&P Creative Strategies
Thomas Sanchez, CEO of Social Driver
Patrice Tanaka, CEO of Joyful Planet
Bob Witeck, CEO of Witeck Communications

More information about the Advisory Council and The Change Agencies principals can be found
on the website at www.thechangeagencies.com

Photo, left to right: Tanya Churchmuch, MuchPR; Chino Chapa, Chino Chapa Communications; LaTricia Woods, Mahogany Can Communications; Christina Yumul, Storieology Communications; Alexis Davis Smith, PRecise Communications; and Ben Finzel, RENEWPR.

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