Paris Dennard

Senior Director of Strategic Communications of Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Paris Dennard is a GOP political commentator, consultant and strategist with over a decade of private and public sector experience on all levels of politics and public relations. In addition to his political background, for the past 20 years he has provided business development, brand and image consulting.

Paris is a CNN Political Commentator, Analyst for NPR’s Here and Now, and Opinion Contributor for The Hill. He has been featured in articles in USA Today, The Washington Post, AZ Republic, AZ Informant, LA Times, and offered his political insights on Al Jazeera America, BET, Centric TV, CNN, MSNBC, TVONE WHUR and a host of local television, radio and online programs.

Paris worked in The White House at the pleasure of President George W. Bush from 2005-2009. Paris served in the offices of Political Affairs, Legislative Affairs and Public Liaison most notably served as The White House Director of Black Outreach where he was the liaison to the Black American community at large. He also coordinated and managed White House events, meetings and travel for President Bush, the First Lady, and Members of the United States House of Representatives including advancing The President’s visit to Chigi Palace in Rome, Italy. Paris was also asked to be the primary point of contact to the families of the former Presidents and Vice Presidents for the State Funeral of President Gerald R. Ford.

Paris served as the Associate Director for Coalitions at the Republican National Committee from 2009-2011 where he traveled across the country working with grassroots leaders and state parties, training, branding mobilizing leaders for various campaigns. Paris was the Director of Public Affairs for a SC law firm, and Director of Events at the McCain Institute. He founded the PD Consulting Group in 2013 and served in the inaugural class of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Leadership Network. He currently serves as the Senior Director of Strategic Communications at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Paris got his start in Republican politics in high school quickly rising to the national stage. He has worked on municipal, state and national political campaigns, served in leadership roles for several councils and commissions, as well as received a host of honors and recognitions. Paris has attended every Republican National Convention since 2000 in different capacities ranging from Page, Delegate at Large to Staff. At his first GOP Convention he was offered a major speaking role on behalf of the National Teen Age Republicans organization. During the 2016 election he was an official media surrogate for the victorious Donald J. Trump for President Campaign, and currently serves as a member of the Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. Advisory Board and was appointed by President Trump to serve as a commissioner for the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.

This Phoenix, AZ native earned two degrees in Public Relations and Political Science from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. Paris also spent a semester studying abroad in London (South Kensinsgton), England traveling to eight different countries. This necktie aficionado is known for his extensive tie collection which exceeds well over 600.

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