Traci Otey Blunt, a veteran media, political, and public affairs specialist joined The RLJ Companies in September 2008, after serving as a deputy communications director to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the 2008 presidential campaign.
As Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Traci leads a team responsible for communications, media strategy and planning, government relations, and issues management for Robert L. Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), and companies within the RLJ portfolio.
The RLJ Companies is an innovative business network that provides strategic investments in a diverse portfolio of companies. Within The RLJ Companies portfolio, Johnson owns or holds interests in businesses operating in hotel real estate investment; private equity; financial services; asset management; automobile dealerships; sports; film and entertainment; and video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming. The RLJ Companies is headquartered in Bethesda, MD, with affiliate operations in Charlotte, NC; Little Rock, AR; Los Angeles, CA; San Juan, PR; and Monrovia, Liberia.
Traci has more than 20 years of experience leading public relations and public affairs campaigns for corporate, political, and non-profit organizations. Her experience spans the fast-paced world of politics and government, having served as a media specialist on Capitol Hill, with the District of Columbia government and in mayoral, state legislative, gubernatorial and presidential campaigns. She has also worked at two leading public relations agencies: Porter Novelli as a senior public affairs practitioner and Ogilvy Public Relations as vice president and deputy director of the agency’s multicultural communications practice.
Traci is a 1990 graduate of Tennessee State University where she received her degree, cum laude, in Criminal Justice. Traci is a member of the The RLJ Companies management team and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the National Press Club, and Washington Women in PR (WWPR). She currently serves on the following boards: the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBCLEO) Foundation; the College of Public Service and Urban Affairs Board of Advisors at Tennessee State University; ColorComm, a professional organization for women in communications; and Malaria No More, a non-profit dedicated to ending malaria deaths and providing life-saving tools and education to families across Africa. In 2013, Traci was awarded the Women of Legend & Merit honor by Tennessee State University and featured in Mocha Market magazine – “Women In Charge, On Fire and Changing the World: National Advisor to Presidential Contender and Business Tycoon.” In March 2014, The Network Journal named Traci as one of America’s “Top 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business.”