Rhonda Craig is a National Urban Fellow working with the Public Affairs team, where she works on bringing a more integrated and innovative approach to Cal Wellness’ research methodologies, convenings and awards strategies. Starting with Cal Wellness’ gun violence prevention strategy, she will implement cutting-edge ideas and tools to help deepen data analysis, strengthen capacity-building and further advance equitable policies for some of the most vulnerable Californians.
Prior to Cal Wellness, Rhonda started her career as a TV news reporter and producer. It was Rhonda’s work in journalism that sparked her interest in public service. In 2016, her passion for social justice and storytelling collided when she joined an international professional development program that enabled her to live and work overseas.
She spent two and a half years working as a strategic communications consultant for NGOs and nonprofits in various parts of Europe, Latin America, and northern Africa. While abroad, Rhonda helped amplify the voices of ethnic and religious minorities, LGBTQ families, asylum seekers and patients with rare diseases. She supported community organizers on environmental sustainability initiatives, natural disaster response efforts and refugee aid partnerships.
Rhonda is a member of the inaugural class of National Urban Fellows at Georgetown University where she is working towards a Master’s in Public Policy Management. A Kansas City native, Rhonda received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri.