Jennifer R. Farmer, also known as “The PR Whisperer,” is a writer, trainer and activist communicator. She is the author of the forthcoming book, “First and Only: How Black Women Navigate Work and Life (Broadleaf Books).” Her debut book, “Extraordinary PR, Ordinary Budget: A Strategy Guide,” was published in 2017 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers. She is host of the United Methodist Women’s #UMWFaithTalks podcast, where she interviews women of faith on their commitment to social justice.
Through her writing, Jennifer focuses on everything from her faith to developing better leaders to issues of gender and race. Her work has appeared in publications such as the Blavity, Society for Nonprofits, Chronicle of Philanthropy, CNN, The Root, HuffPost, LifeHack, PR Daily, Red Letter Christians and more.
The founder of Spotlight PR LLC, a boutique firm specializing in communications strategy and training for leaders and groups committed to social and racial justice, Jennifer has provided services to national organizations and celebrities committed to social and racial justice.
Through Spotlight PR, she works and has worked with a host of high-profile clients including activist, rapper and businessman Michael Render, pka Killer Mike, who is host of the Netflix show, “Trigger Warning with Killer Mike” and one half of the rap duo Run the Jewels, Art, Beats & Lyrics, the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, author Edgar Villanueva (Decolonizing Wealth), Bankhead Seafood, and a host of social justice organizations such as the Funders’ Collaborative for Youth Organizing, Repairers of the Breach, United Methodist Women, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and more.
Jennifer’s understanding of the intersection of politics, advocacy and media has helped the leaders and groups she’s worked with standout in a crowded media landscape. She and the teams she has led have booked clients and colleagues in news stories and TV segments in leading print, digital and broadcast media outlets including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Atlanta Journal Constitution, USA Today, Politico, HuffPost, The View, The Real, CNBC, CNN’s Brooke Baldwin, the Joe Rogan Podcast, The Breakfast Club, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, MSNBC’s AM Joy, and MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show.
Jennifer is a former member of the University of Rochester Board of Trustees’ Diversity Advisory Council, and a member of the advisory board for the National Center for State Courts’ Community Engagement in the Courts initiative. Farmer earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science from the University of Rochester. She is a devoted mother of two and lives in the Columbus, Ohio area.
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