DeQuendre Neeley-Bertrand joined the Schott Foundation as Communications Director in January 2017. In this role, she works to advance the foundation’s mission and raise its profile, working with a team communications strategists to develop comprehensive messaging and media outreach plans. She manages the organization’s brand and serves as a strategic communications advisor to one of the foundation’s partners, the Education Justice Network.
Before joining Schott, DeQuendre served as Communications Director of the Center for the Study of Social Policy, a Washington, DC-based think tank dedicated to shaping policy, reforming public systems and building the capacity of communities. DeQuendre has 20 years of experience in various writing, editing and communications management roles, with positions at daily newspapers, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Her work has been honored by the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the National School Public Relations Association, the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, Association Media & Publishing and the National Association of Government Communicators.
DeQuendre is an educator, having taught courses at the high school and community college levels, and she is a proud adult literacy tutor for the Prince George’s County Literacy Council. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from New York University and a master's degree in sociology from The George Washington University.