Lisa Fager Bediako is an expert in social marketing and independently consults on civic engagement and public health issues. She draws upon 18 years of experience in various marketing and public relations roles for major entertainment and broadcasting companies including Def Jam Records, CBS Radio, Capitol-EMI Records and Discovery Communications. She currently serves as a senior advisor to the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation working with Black women and youth across the country to encourage full participation in democracy through educational programs and leadership training.
Prior to this, she worked with the Hip Hop Caucus as Director Public Policy and Solutions engaging youth leaders and developing tactics to increase youth engagement in civic education, voter registration, organizing, mobilizing and public policy. Ms. Bediako is also the co-founder of Industry Ears, a media watchdog group. She testified before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee and the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection on the FCC’s lax stance towards broadcast programming directed at communities of color.
Ms. Bediako has been featured as an expert on youth empowerment in USA Today, Billboard Magazine, Essence Magazine, The Crisis magazine, The Washington Post, Jon Stewart Daily Show and New York Daily. She served on the organizing committee for the 2013 Black Youth Project convening that launched the millennial Black activist group BYP100. Ms. Bediako received her MBA from Johns Hopkins University and resides in the Washington/Baltimore Metro area.