ABOUT US

Joan Grangenois-Thomas - Principal

Joan has been at the forefront of advocacy communications for over 15 years, first as an associate with two well-respected boutique public relations firms and later as the head of her own company, JGT PR. She is a master trainer with experience working for the Ford Foundation in cities throughout the US and in Africa for the United Nations Population Fund. Currently she serves on the community editorial board of the Journal News, a Gannett newspaper located in Westchester County, and is the volunteer spokesperson for Sustainable Port Chester Alliance, a citizens’ campaign to influence the development of affordable housing in her home town.

Bonnie McEwan - Senior Strategist

In her long nonprofit career, Bonnie has directed the national communications divisions of the Girl Scouts and the Planned Parenthood Federation. She chaired the graduate program in nonprofit management at The New School, was the executive vice president of a notable boutique public relations firm, and now teaches leadership and marketing courses at two New York City universities as well as working with JGT. She also writes freelance articles for industry and trade publications and volunteers for Dare to Run, a nonprofit dedicated to putting more women in public office.

Visit Bonnie's blog. Read Bonnie's articles:
The Dark Side of the Force: How to Prepare for the Heightened Scrutiny of Social Media in Change Journal
The Magnificent 7: Leadership to Inspire Followers in People Development magazine

Jesús Reyes Velardo - Media Associate 

A native of Puerto Rico, Jesus is fluent in both Spanish and English and has published papers in both languages. He has a history of activism, including participation in the 2010 strike at the University of Puerto Rico, where he was a student and teaching assistant. Jesus recently received his master’s degree in nonprofit management from The New School and currently teaches at John Jay College, part of the CUNY system. He is a member of the founding staff at JGT, where he specializes in analytical writing and bilingual media advocacy.

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Ashé Kennedy - Media Coordinator 


Currently in the final year of a master’s program in communication arts at Pace University, Ashé has worked with JGT for the past two years. She specializes in media management, verifying journalist information, overseeing the distribution of media materials, and tracking media hits. A key item in Ashé's portfolio is the day-to-day monitoring of social media platforms, with an eye to identifying timely opportunities for clients and for JGT itself.