The Communication for Social Change Consortium (CFSC) staff is a small and focused team made up of a president (chief executive), administrative manager, and support staff; with one head office in the USA and two satellite offices in England and Tunisia.
The Communication for Social Change Consortium (CFSC) staff works with an applied practice network of more than 25 consultants working in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and North America.
Denise Gray-Felder, Founder and Past President
Denise Gray-Felder is an advocate for using the power of communication to bring about positive change and alleviate poverty in the world’s poorest communities. An inspirational leader, motivational speaker and talented writer, she’s worked with a wide range of UN agencies and major international donors as a communications trainer, mentor and advocate.
Denise is a specialist in social responsibility and issues management and has developed communications strategies for sensitive issues including genetically modified foods, AIDS vaccines, international funding for family planning in the developing world and addressing the health inequalities in developing nations.
In 2003 Denise set up the Communication for Social Change Consortium. The Consortium is an international not for profit organisation committed to building the communication capacity of the world’s poor. Young people and behaviour change are one of Denise’s main concerns and the first project of the Consortium to work with teenagers in Zimbabwe and give them the confidence and skills to become advocates against the spread of HIV in their own communities.
Denise understands the challenges poverty presents those working in the developing world and offers those she works with insight into how the major donors and agencies work to relieve poverty. Before setting up and leading the Communication for Social Change Consortium she was Vice President for the Rockerfeller Foundation until 2003, with responsibility for communicating the Foundation’s vision internationally and crafting its public policy and advocacy agendas in the US.
Board of Directors
Dayna L. Cunningham, Center for Reflective Community Practice, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dayna is Executive Director of CoLab. An attorney by training, Dayna has worked throughout her professional career on promoting democratic participation and addressing social marginality. Through the ELIAS Project, an MIT-based collaboration between business, NGOs and government, she worked with leaders using profound innovation processes to create multi-sector initiatives for economic, social and environmental sustainability. Prior to that, Dayna was an Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation supporting efforts to explore changing racial dynamics and new conceptions of race in the U.S., as well as civil rights legal innovation. Prior to the Rockefeller Foundation, Dayna worked as a voting rights lawyer with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, litigating cases in Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi and elsewhere in the South, and briefly as an officer for the New York City Program at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
Dayna is a 2004 graduate of the Sloan Fellows MBA program of the MIT Sloan School of Management. She has an undergraduate degree from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and a juris doctor degree from New York University School of Law. She currently serves as a board member for the Emerald Cities Collaborative, Beloved Community Center, Restaurant Opportunities Council (ROC) United, Presencing Institute, and Access Strategies Fund.