Founder and Principal
Blunt Group Strategies

Career Highlights

Is a seasoned communications and
public affairs strategist with over 25 years of experience leading campaigns and building positive sentiments for high-profile brands, executives, and organizations.

Community Highlights


board member, Susan G. Komen Foundation
Emeritus board member of ColorComm
Delta sigma theta, inc.
former board member, International
Black Film Festival of Nashville 

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A nationally recognized and award-winning communications and public affairs strategist, Traci Otey Blunt is a politically savvy and fearless communicator and architect of positive, proactive, strategic messaging for even the most challenging situations and issues facing organizations across the public and private sectors.

Traci has served as a media specialist on Capitol Hill in the fast-paced world of politics and government, with the District of Columbia government and in mayoral, state legislative, gubernatorial, and presidential campaigns. She was national deputy communications director and national director of African American media to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, served as a communications director during the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and was communications director for the Tennessee-coordinated campaign during the Gore-Lieberman 2000 presidential campaign.


Early in her career, Traci also worked at two leading public relations agencies: Porter Novelli as a senior public affairs specialist and Ogilvy Public Relations as VP in the agency’s multicultural and public affairs practice groups. 

Serving as a loyal and trusted communications advisor to prominent political figures and senior corporate executives—Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Presidential elections and Robert (Bob) L. Johnson, the well-known entrepreneur and media magnate—Traci has been the mastermind behind award-winning media relations, public affairs, executive visibility, and government relations campaigns for corporate, political, sports, and nonprofit organizations for the past 20-plus years. 

Traci joined the National Football League as SVP, Corporate Communications, in October 2018. Traci led communications strategies across priority areas, including rapid response/current affairs, business operations, NFL media, public affairs, social justice, diversity and inclusion, and community relations. During the 2020 season, Traci led communications strategy for social justice efforts, diversity, equity, inclusion, and the NFL Votes initiative. 

Prior to the NFL, Traci was appointed by Bob Johnson as president of RLJ Entertainment’s Urban Movie Channel (UMC). In 2017, Traci leveraged her experience in building brands and leading consumer campaigns to launch and grow the industry-pioneering subscription video on demand (SVOD) channel dedicated to showcasing content relevant to African American audiences. At the behest of Bob Johnson, whom she had met through her work on the Clinton campaign, Traci first went to work for RLJ Companies in 2008, as EVP in charge of corporate communications and public affairs for the multiple diversified companies in the RLJ portfolio, including RLJ Entertainment.

Honored with multiple national awards for her communications and public relations prowess, Traci was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business from The Network Journal. She was honored with the Circle Award from ColorComm and Hall of Femme from PR Week. Traci has also been featured in national media articles, such as Mocha Market magazine’s “Women in Charge, On Fire and Changing the World: National Advisor to Presidential Contender and Business Tycoon.”

Traci is a current board member of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, serves as an emeritus board member of ColorComm, and is a former board member of the International Black Film Festival of Nashville. She has been a member of the Arthur W. Paige Society and Page UP, and the National Press Club. 

Traci is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, moderator, and panelist for national organizations. Recognized as a leading voice versed in various subject matters, she has received multiple awards, including: “2020 NFL Executive of the Year” awarded by Off The Field Players’ Wives and POWERHANDZ, Inc; the 2020 “PLAY MAKE HER” award for sports and entertainment; The Network Journal’s Top 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business; PR Weeks’ ‘Champions of PR’; ColorComm Circle Award (2017); Cablefax Most Influential Minorities (2018); and featured in Mocha Market Magazine - “Women in Charge, On Fire and Changing the World: National Advisor to Presidential Contender and Business Tycoon.” 

Traci holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Tennessee State University, which in later years awarded her with two distinguished recognitions: Women of Legend & Merit and Women of Influence Award (Media) from its national alumni. She pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (Alpha Chi Chapter) and marched in the Aristocrat of Bands. Traci was raised in both Los Angeles, California, and Nashville, Tennessee. Today, she resides in South Orange, New Jersey, with her family.

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Quick Facts

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proud HBCU ALUM 

Tennessee State University!

influential female leader

#BOSS Power Woman

favorite vacation spot

Puerto Vallarta

die hard

NFL Football Fan
(Go Titans!)

From the 37208 to the 10054

The zip may have changed, but the girl living in them did not. 

favorite sparkling water


“When you have worked this hard for a voice at the table, you must make sure there are more seats to encourage more voices. I believe the most important conversations are the ones that include those without a voice in the room. ”

— traci otey blunt

Almost any wine is good so long as it’s open.

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