The CJSTUF crew is expanding! We are excited to announce that we have a new Graphic Designer and Marketing and Communications Lead that will assist with our social media, visuals and awareness in the community! Please join me in welcoming Jay Ell Alexander and Kira Jenkins to the team! Give them a CJ’s Thumbs Up!
Jay Ell Alexander has established herself as a public relations and communications professional with a true commitment to community engagement through her passion for public relations. She is the owner of The Vaughn Strategy and also serves as the Owner/CEO of Black Girls RUN!, after serving as their brand manager for six years. Alexander has worked in the communications industry since 2008 including positions with the United States Department of Agriculture, BET, City of Richmond, City of Petersburg, The Balm In Gilead and Bank of America. A native of Norfolk, Va., Mrs. Alexander graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a concentration in Journalism and minor in Spanish. She also received a Master of Science degree in Strategic Public Relations from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. Mrs. Alexander has a passion for running, loves shopping and traveling. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Public Relations Society of American Richmond chapter. She resides in Richmond, Va. with her husband, Chris, son Chris Jr. and their dog, Luna.
Since childhood, Kira Jenkins has been passionate about art, including photography, painting, and drawing. In 1998 Kira moved to Richmond and started the road to her career in Graphic Design. Knowing that she wanted to do something creative with her professional life, Kira started taking art and design classes at J. Sargent Reynolds and soon was offered a scholarship to the University of Mount Olive, where she worked as the teacher aide for the Art department while earning her degree in Visual Communications. Working closely with the professors in the art department at Mount Olive gave Kira a deep understanding of different aesthetics, and this experience gave her the ability to be a team player to create assets from print to digital to meet her client needs. Her experience and background include a diverse client base within various industries, such as non-profit, event promotion, and car dealerships. She loves all aspects of branding because she knows how personal it is and how it helps bring life and personality to one’s business. When she’s not cooking up new designs, she loves spending her time traveling with her family and hiking.