Vice President, Communications & Marketing
As vice president, communications & marketing, Shawn Starkey sets strategy and oversees execution for RISE’s positioning and messaging. He is based in RISE’s Midwest regional office in Detroit but often works from the New York headquarters, as well.
Starkey has more than 25 years of communications experience, including advertising, crisis communications, editing, elections, event planning, fundraising, graphic design, legislative relations, marketing, media relations, photography, public relations, social media, strategic planning, videography, website development and writing.
Before joining RISE in January 2017, Starkey served for three years as director of marketing and communications at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit. Prior to that, he worked for eight years as executive director of public relations, marketing and legislative affairs at St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron, Michigan. He previously spent 15 years as a journalist with reporting and editing positions at daily newspapers in Connecticut, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Starkey is logistics coordinator for Ferndale Pride in Michigan and a member of Public Relations Society of America. He has won awards for writing and design. In 2016, he was inducted into the Sharon High School Alumni Hall of Fame in Pennsylvania.
He earned a bachelor of arts degree in professional writing and editing with a concentration in journalism from Youngstown State University in Ohio.