Desiree Peterkin Bell

Award-winning brand builder, political and public affairs strategist, and best-selling author, Desiree Peterkin Bell’s work history speaks for itself. With over twenty years of experience serving in a myriad of roles within various local government administrations, she understands what it takes to build a successful brand. Desiree is the Founder of DPBell & Associates, a full-service public relations firm with clients all over the world. She and her team specialize in public relations, brand management, development, and positioning, strategic counseling, crisis communications, media training, digital organizing, event production, political consulting, content development, and strategic partnerships.

President and CEO
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Work Experience

DPBell and Associates, President and CEO, Jan 2016 ~ Present

Desiree Peterkin Bell is the President and CEO OF DPBell and Associates a boutique Public Affairs Firm. Serving clients nationally and internationally

DPBell and Associates is a full service firm that focuses on brand development; crisis communications; strategic counsel; high-level, high impact events and convenings and strategic partnerships. Desiree Peterkin Bell has been honored as one of industry's best and brightest in the country by PR Week's
40 under 40; a Shorty Award' winner recognized by the Philadelphia Tribune as, One of Philadelphia's Most Influential African-American Women; and recognized by Black Enterprise Magazine as a triple threat.

University of Pennsylvania, Lecturer, Jan 2017 ~ Feb 2019

Greater Philadelphia Area
Developed an Urban Communication program, syllabus and lecture series, a first for the University OF Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communication

Democratic National Convention, Consultant, Feb 2016 ~ Jul 2016

Michael A. Nutter, Office of the Mayor, Communications and Strategy/City Representative, Nov 2012 ~ Jan 2016

City of Philadelphia
Led communications, social media, political strategy and big events for the City of Philadelphia

Obama For America, Senior Advisor, Jul 2012 ~ Nov 2012

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Led successful Communication strategies, tactics and messaging for President
Obama's re-election campaign in Pennsylvania

City Of Newark, Director of Communications, Jul 2006 ~ Sep 2010

New York City Marketing Development Corporation, Senior Director/VP of Government Affairs, Jan 2004 ~ Jun 2006

City of New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg

New York City Marketing Development Corporation, Supervising Legislative Representative, Jul 2002 ~ Jan 2004

City Of Indianapolis, Special Assistant, Aug 2001 ~ Jun 2002

Skadden Arps, Legal Supervising Assistant, Jun 2000 ~ Jul 2001

Worked closely with Partners in the Antitrust Division on the following cases :
UST; Christies and Sotheby's price fixing case. Managed a small team of legal assistants.


National Urban Fellows Scholar, Master of Arts (MA), Public Administration and Public Policy, 2001 ~ 2002

Swarthmore College, Political Science and Education, 1996 ~ 2000

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