Yolanda H. Caraway has nearly thirty years of policy-making, project management and national and international political experience. Often sought to coordinate major activities for the Democratic Party, as well as private organizations, her list of professional achievements showcases years of organizational ability and management expertise.
Ms. Caraway has played a major role in shaping the goals and objectives of the National Democratic Party and has been called upon throughout her career to coordinate various party efforts. From 1985-1988 she served as Chief of Staff to Jesse Jackson’s historic second bid for president. She became an At-Large DNC Member in 1988 and served in that capacity until 2009. 1989, she played a pivotal role in the historic election of the late Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown to Chair the Democratic National Committee (DNC). She later became Chairman Brown’s Senior Advisor at Party Headquarters and manged the Site Selection process for the 1992 Democratic National Convention. Since 2008, Ms. Caraway managed the backstage and podium operations for the Democratic National Convention.
Since founding The Caraway Group in 1987, she has led her team in the counseling of a number of well-known Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and high-profile individuals in every aspect of communications strategy. She is a nationally recognized public relations and public affairs strategist who is known for policy-making, political management and public relations work in government and the nonprofit and private sectors.
Ms. Caraway has worked with major U.S. companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Google, Airbnb, AT&T, MGM MIRAGE, Mitsubishi and Texaco. She has also counseled government and nonprofit agencies such as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, the Center for American Progress, the NATO 50th Anniversary Summit, and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Foundation Project.
In 2009, Ms. Caraway was appointed to the Council on American Politics, a group of nationally renowned political leaders addressing current affairs and working toward the growth and enrichment of The George Washington University School of Political Management.
Ms. Caraway is a member of the Corporate Directors Group and the American College of Corporate Directors, and is a member of the advisory board of Head and Heart Philanthropy.
In 2018, Yolanda Caraway became an author – co-writing “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics” with Donna Brazile, Leah Daughtry and Minyon Moore.