Trevor W. Coleman, an award-winning and nationally recognized speechwriter, journalist, author, and strategic communications expert, will oversee the expansion of Thornhill Communications LLC into the Washington D.C., Virginia and Maryland area.
As director of the Washington, D.C. office of Thornhill Communications, Coleman will reach out to potential clients while continuing to serve existing clients and partners. This will allow Thornhill to extend its marketing and public relations consulting services, including strategic planning, content development, media relations, speechwriting, graphic design, marketing campaigns and more, to companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations in the greater D.C. area and along the east coast.
Taking on the role as media relations whisperer and more, Coleman joined the Thornhill team when it first opened its doors in 2009. Before, and during this time, he has worked at the highest levels of government, academic, non-profit, and business communications. He started out as an investigative journalist with a laser focus on civil rights and urban issues. He then went on to write editorials and weekly columns for The Detroit Free Press; craft speeches for the former Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm; don several hats as presidential speechwriter and communications and crisis response manager for the American Bar Association and write speeches for the president and CEO of the Kellogg Foundation. Recently, he took on the role of speechwriter and communications consultant for National Minority Technology Council, the nation’s largest organization of minority technology companies, and the Ben Jealous 2018 campaign for governor of Maryland.
Co-author of three college textbooks, Coleman emphasizes to students the benefits of effective communications strategy. The titles include: “Excellent and Effective Communications Skills;” “Understanding the Speechmaking Process: Key to Success;” and “Outstanding Speech Communication in the Age of Social Media: Requirements for Success.” He also co-authored the biography of civil rights icon, Federal Judge Damon J. Keith, entitled: “Crusader for justice: Federal Judge Damon J. Keith,” published by Wayne State University Press.
Coleman has been a guest speaker at many colleges and universities across the nation, among them Harvard Law School, The Ohio State University, the University of Michigan and University of Michigan School of Law, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, The University of Toledo Law School, Delaware State University, Schoolcraft College, Wayne Community College, and many others. He has also appeared on the Tavis Smiley, NPR Morning Edition, America’s Black Journal, HuffPost Live and numerous other television, radio talk and public affairs programs.