Center for Constitutional RightsChandra M. Hayslett is a Pulitzer Prize winning communications executive with more than 20 years’ experience spanning the public relations, marketing and journalism industries. She is currently the director of communications for the Center for Constitutional Rights, a non-profit legal and advocacy organization that stands with social justice movements and communities under threat to dismantle systems of oppression. In this role, Chandra is responsible for leading the overall development of communications strategy and guiding the department’s coordination with the legal and advocacy departments and case-specific communications plans.
Before joining the Center for Constitutional Rights Chandra was a managing supervisor at G&S Business Communications, where she positioned CEOs and other C-level executives as industry thought leaders; led the development of core materials for M&A and new product launches; increased public awareness for clients by securing print and broadcast media placements in top-tier outlets and secured new business and developed integrated marketing communications campaigns to grow the businesses of national and global publicly-traded companies. While at G&S, Chandra designed and implemented an agency-wide diversity and inclusion program, Think Differently Together, which was awarded Best New Diversity Initiative 2015 by PR Council and PRWeek.
Before transitioning into public relations, Chandra spent 11 years as newspaper reporter covering K-12 education, first-degree murder cases and politics for The Jackson Sun in Tennessee, and in New Jersey for the Home News Tribune, the Asbury Park Press and finally the Newark Star-Ledger, where she was part of reporting team that won the Pulitzer Prize.
Chandra is a member of The Communications Network, New York Women in Communications, Inc., PR Council and the New York Association of Black Journalists. She has a Bachelor of Arts in African-American Studies from the University of Tennessee and lives in New York City