Tirrea Billings, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
GRADUATE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL – American University
School of Communications – Ph.D. Communications with an emphasis on media, technology & democracy
Tirrea Billings is the Graduate Leadership Council’s Director of Communications. Tirrea brings over six years of experience in communications to the GLC. Formerly, she was a Communications Manager on the Marketing & Storytelling team at Color Of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. Additionally, Tirrea has worked as a communications and media consultant for nonprofits and advocacy organizations, including the Democracy Collaborative, U.S. Department of Arts & Culture, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, FoodLab Detroit, and the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. Tirrea has also been a Fellow at Aubin Pictures, American Bridge 21st Century, and the National Association of City Transportation Officials. She currently works at the United Philanthropy Forum—the largest network in American philanthropy—as a Senior Communications Manager. In her role, she supports the Forum’s work to help increase philanthropy’s impact in communities across the country.
Tirrea’s career as a storyteller started with docu-style video production under Reflct Media, a company she co-founded. Since, she’s been committed to leveraging her skills in media and communications to help social justice organizations, activists, educators, and campaigns maximize their impact through storytelling and digital strategy. Tirrea has a B.A. in Film/Video/Media Studies and an M.A. in Communication from Western Michigan University. She is currently working on her Ph.D. at American University in Communication with an emphasis on media, technology, and democracy.