Mercy C.

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Mercy Chikowore is a dynamic storyteller and Public Relations nerd with a passion to change the world for the better. With over a decade of experience creating communications strategies for nonprofit, entertainment and private sector clients, Mercy has secured an impressive portfolio of local and national media placements, landing clients in the Associated Press, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Root, Business Insider, and more.

Born in Tokyo, Japan and having lived in Zimbabwe and Switzerland, Mercy enjoys communicating with and learning from diverse audiences. Over the years, Mercy has maintained a solid network of reporters, brand managers and business owners who have cross-connected as a result of her business savvy. At the core of her work ethic is Mercy's ability to understand her client's needs and to execute with grace and ease.


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Mercy uses her PR powers for good, volunteering with several organizations in the Washington Region, including the African Women's Cancer Awareness Association (AWCAA), the Claflin University Alumni Association, and ColorComm: Women of Color in Communications. Mercy also contributes content to several publications, including music website Her work can also be seen on PR Daily, Cision, The Washington Post, and The Couch Sessions.

Mercy received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Claflin University where she studied Print Journalism and received her Master of Arts degree in Communication from Johns Hopkins University. She was recently featured in the first Twitter ad #HereWeAre, during the 2018 Oscars viewed by over 26.5 million people and can often be found at a concert near you.

Special powers in: Public Relations, Social Media, Content Development and Branding.


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“African beats are spreading worldwide due largely to a growing African population around the globe. But it’s not just audiences from the diaspora that are dancing to the rhythm. As VOA’s Jesusemen Oni reports, the international rise of afro beats is causing a stir in the music industry and influencing culture and markets in the West.” Watch the full news piece here.

Mercy participated in a high-energy panel lead by The Root, on charting the path to being a boss and the obstacles we faced to get there.

Mercy participated in a high-energy panel lead by The Root, on charting the path to being a boss and the obstacles we faced to get there.

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WWPR Honors Six Up-and-Coming Female Communicators with Emerging Leaders Awards

Mercy was recently honored with a 2018 Washington Women In PR Emerging Leaders Award in the nonprofit category. Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR), the oldest professional society for female communicators in the greater capital area, named the 2018 Emerging Leaders Awards (ELAs) honorees Tuesday evening. The ninth annual ELAs honored rising stars, ages 25-35, who have excelled in public relations and related fields, and given back to the industry by contributing their skills and talents to innovative initiatives and projects. Six winners from different sectors within the communications field were announced at the ceremony to recognize the diverse group of up-and-coming communications professionals. Read about it here.

Mercy was featured on Shonali Burke’s website for her ability to create community through social media. Read more  here .

Mercy was featured on Shonali Burke’s website for her ability to create community through social media. Read more here.


"one to know" linkedin series

'One to Know' is a mini-interview series profiling a NEW multicultural communications professional you should know every week. Mercy was recently interviewed for the series, which shines a spotlight on comms pros at every level and across various industries who are doing amazing work that often doesn't make it onto our radar. 

The hope is that this series will introduce you to someone new, inspire you to share, reach out and connect and empower you to think of ways you can begin to amplify voices or causes that you're passionate about within your own company, community or industry. 

Read more here.

#HereWeAre twitter ad

Mercy was recently featured in the first Twitter ad #HereWeAre to support women across the globe. The ad aired during the 2018 Oscars, and also included ColorComm Founder Lauren Wesley Wilson and ColorComm Communications Coordinator Erika Salbavaro. The 60-second spot was viewed live by over 26.5 million people, includes an original poem from Denice Frohman and features a multi-generational group of women from 20 to 82, including Hollywood filmmakers Issa Rae, Ava DuVernay, Julie Dash and Jennifer Brea.


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Using her PR powers, Mercy has created media opportunities for clients in the following publications:

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Mercy is a knowledgeable, personable, highly skilled PR consultant. She has assisted us on numerous projects and displayed a high degree of professionalism on each of them. She not only has great ideas, but she presents clear strategies for how to implement her ideas. She develops her products on time and with a thoroughness that I very much appreciate. I would not hesitate to engage Mercy as our “go-to” PR consultant in the future.
— Nicholas Bassey, Division Chief, USAID
Mercy is a joy to work with. Her communication, whether by email, phone or text, is always clear and accurate. Her follow-up emails are always on time. When schedules change and interview times get pushed back and forth, I can count on Mercy to give me honest and frequent updates. If she offers an interview opportunity, I know that she will deliver no matter how hectic things may get at an event. I highly recommend her!
— Sabrina Parker, Editor, Writer & Web Content Manager
I was thrilled to have Mercy join my panel discussion on Black Relationships! She carefully presented her findings from her thesis titled “Media Coverage of Barack and Michelle Obama’s Relationship: African-American Perceptions of Black Love in the Media.” Mercy is extremely professional and down-to-earth. She captured the audience’s attention brilliantly and I received great feedback about her contribution to the discussion. Mercy would be a fine addition to any panel discussion on this topic. Her dedication to research and addressing issues within the African American community is something that is needed today.
— DeAnne Bradley, CEO, Sure Media Group
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