March 14, 2016

Who Does It

Ayofemi Kirby
Founder and CEO

Ayofemi is a proven and trusted communications and public engagement professional who builds mission-driven brands, engaged audiences and active
communities, on and offline.

Through authentic message development, media relations and community engagement, Ayofemi develops culturally-relevant communications strategies that inspire and move stakeholders to action.

With more than 10 years of experience at the intersection of communications, civic engagement and culture, Ayofemi has managed online and corporate communications in the financial sector, and developed award-winning programs that empowered Millennials across the country to be leaders in their communities and more active in our democracy. She has led communications for the Congressional Black Caucus on Capitol Hill and shaped community conversations about politics and civic engagement, entertainment, community and cultural projects among key influencers as an independent consultant. Ayofemi currently supports the New York Public Library and the Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture as a senior publicist, and continues to runs her own public relations consultancy, CODE PR.

Ayofemi’s work has earned media coverage in and secured partnerships with mainstream and multicultural media including the New York Times, ARTNews, Essence, Ebony, OkayAfrica, Latina, The Huffington Post, NBCBLK, BlogHer, among many others.

Ayofemi earned her Master’s degree in Public Communications from American University, her certificate in NonProfit Management from Duke University, and her B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has also taken professional studies courses in Arts Business and Arts Administration at NYU and is currently enrolled in the Harvard Extension School’s Museum Studies program, as she plans to focus more of her work on increasing access to and understanding of the value of the arts and cultural exchange to our global society. 

Ayofemi is passionate about helping individuals, multicultural communities and organizations across the public, private and nonprofit sectors tell powerful stories, start provocative conversations and build the relationships necessary to achieve meaningful and measurable results. She hopes her work contributes to a more just, inspired and equitable world.

Ayofemi currently resides in her favorite place in the world, New York City. In her spare time she takes dance classes, visits art galleries, and does lots of Bikram yoga.

Natalia Diaz
Director, Multicultural Business Development and Operations

Natalia Diaz believes that anything is possible, as long as you have a plan.Natalia_Fotor

She is a proven leader, using her ability to build sustainable systems for individuals and organizations that lay the foundation for their success. Natalia’s experience includes the corporate, nonprofit and government sectors in a multitude of roles including program management, strategic relationship building and partnership engagement, as well as systems development. However, at the core of her work is developing infrastructures that improve organizational efficiency and strengthen the way staff and organizations work together to achieve common goals. 

Natalia has also served as a trusted advisor for those in key leadership positions and top management roles. Her unique perspective on business, partnership and productivity has helped the leaders she has supported and her colleagues recognize and embark on paths to create new opportunities for personal and organizational growth.

Natalia is also the Founder and CEO of Launch and Order, a consulting firm that ensures organizations in the startup or redevelopment phase have the tools, systems, and relationships they need to be successful.

Natalia earned her Masters of Public Administration from Pace University and her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

She is a native New Yorker with a life long passion for cooking and dance. Much of her spare time is spent feeding those willing to taste and offer feedback on her latest recipes.