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Desiree Peterkin Bell

President and CEO
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.
DPBell and Associates
National Urban Fellows Scholar
New York, NY, USA


brand managment
crisis communication
brand development
brand positioning
political counseling
strategic counsel
strategic partnerships
media training
content development
videography and photography


Native or Bilingual

Work experiences

President and CEO

DPBell and Associates

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

Jan 2017 ~ Feb 2019
2 yrs 2 mos
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

Feb 2016 ~ Jul 2016
6 mos

Communications and Strategy/City Representative

Michael A. Nutter, Office of the Mayor

Nov 2012 ~ Jan 2016
3 yrs 3 mos
City of Philadelphia Led communications, social media, political strategy and big events for the City of Philadelphia

Senior Advisor

Obama For America

Jul 2012 ~ Nov 2012
5 mos
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Led successful Communication strategies, tactics and messaging for President Obama's re-election campaign in Pennsylvania

Director of Communications

City Of Newark

Jul 2006 ~ Sep 2010
4 yrs 3 mos

Senior Director/VP of Government Affairs

New York City Marketing Development Corporation

Jan 2004 ~ Jun 2006
2 yrs 6 mos
City of New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Supervising Legislative Representative

New York City Marketing Development Corporation

Jul 2002 ~ Jan 2004
1 yr 7 mos

Special Assistant

City Of Indianapolis

Aug 2001 ~ Jun 2002
11 mos

Legal Supervising Assistant

Skadden Arps

Jun 2000 ~ Jul 2001
1 yr 2 mos
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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