JaRel L. Clay

Senior Communications Advisor

JaRel Clay is the Senior Communications Advisor at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where he advises and supports the Communications team on virtual events and marketing efforts. He is an entrepreneur and expert in digital engagement and brand development.

For the last 15 years, JaRel has served as the founder and creative strategist for Clay and Group, where he creates and manages the digital organizing and online marketing strategy for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. His digital strategy and design work have earned placements in The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal and recognition from the Webby Awards, AdWeek, and the w3 Awards.

From 2013 to 2017, JaRel created and implemented the online engagement strategy for CNAS. As the digital content manager, JaRel tripled the organization’s digital footprint and supported the think tank’s media relations efforts, securing more than 200 media placements in outlets including CNN, MSNBC, and NPR.

JaRel holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University. He serves as a board commissioner of the Glenarden Housing Authority in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and as vice president of the board of directors for SpeakOut, an organization dedicated to creating safe spaces and mentoring opportunities for LGBTQ+ people of color.

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