Hi, I’m Sherise!
I am a strategic communications and marketing leader with over twenty years of experience working in entertainment, sports, education, legal, and social justice sectors.
I have spent my career defining, elevating, promoting, and safeguarding the brand, reputation, and impact of world-leading nonprofits and global media properties. This includes building multi-use communications and marketing departments from the ground up and developing cross-functional alliances to drive innovative, high-visibility campaigns, thought leadership programs, and strategic communications.
I’m honored to be considered a trusted crisis/reputation advisor to celebrities, corporations, and non-profit organizations—having helped to navigate many high-profile crisis moments. I’m adept at providing strategic oversight for crisis aversion and brand reputation. I am an expert in change management, delivering measurable results that resonate throughout the company and industry.
Most recently, I served as the Chief Communications Officer at Lambda Legal. Over the past 1.5 years I had the honor of building and leading the most fantastic team—and overseeing some of the most amazing projects, including working with Debbie Millman to rebrand the organization—and bringing on Robyn Kanner to redesign the organization’s website (both projects are underway). During my tenure, I introduced strategy to the organization and significantly increased major media placements.
Here are a few recent, noteworthy achievements:
* Secured alliance with respected designer and branding icon Debbie Millman to rebrand national nonprofit advancing the LGBTQ civil rights movement.
* Created and launched, Stack The Deck, a masterful fundraising campaign to boost awareness and advocacy for the trans community and led a communications platform enlisting support from celebrities, influencers, and prominent political figureheads in Washington to champion the LGBTQ agenda at a pivotal inflection point the national discourse.
* Powered brand refresh and communications and brand strategy (PR, media, events, marketing) for a university in Southern California.
* For a growing law firm in Los Angeles, formed and led a full-fledged internal and external communications and marketing division from the ground up, scaling revenues while reshaping reputation.
* Deployed digital strategy and set up marketing and media alliances for an international media company that has dominated its niche market with over a million subscribers/readers.
My instincts are well-honed. I can take the pressure, and I am committed to honesty and integrity in everything I do.
I am a graduate of California State University, Fullerton. I split my time between Northern and Southern California
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my wife, bonus son, two dogs (Odin and Romeo) family, and friends. I love traveling, listening to all forms of music, hiking, meditation, and I’m a self-professed sneakerhead.
Companies I've Worked With
Here are some of the companies I have had the honor of working with
California State University-Fullerton
Bachelor of Arts Communications/Ethnic Studies
UCLA Extension Corporate Education & Custom Programs
Certificate, Communications Management
Pamela Snider ND
Chief Culture Officer, Southern California University of Health Sciences
I had the great fortune of working closely with Sherise as part of the leadership team at Southern California University of Health Sciences. She is an outstanding person to work with, very skilled and a great leader. She places a high value on high-quality outcomes, expressing healthy values, teamwork, humor and respectful collaboration in the workplace. She goes the extra mile and delights and inspires her colleagues along the way. Sherise embodies a unique combination of a very high level of expertise, strong delivery, innovation, creativity, compassion, impact, and efficiency. If Sherise undertakes something it is accomplished beautifully.
It was my great pleasure to know and work with Sherise Bright as our VP PR and Marketing. Her first big project was the supervision of our new website. Her input and management of the designer was critical to getting a long and arduous project completed resulting in a beautiful website. She has consistently shown great care and ingenuity in her ideas and approach to PR and Marketing. She has been flexible and accommodating in shifting work priorities and has shown great care and concern for doing a great job.
She has established and managed our social media.
She has an unwavering positive attitude and brings out the best in those she works with.
Head of Marketing, Bebe Stores
I have known Sherise for close to 10 years; in that time I have seen her manage a myriad of projects with tact and elegance. Her work is thorough and thoughtful, which places the client in the best possible light. I appreciate her ability to lead disparate groups to function harmoniously. She is a natural talent and I am grateful to know her.
Media Director, SCU
Sherise is a brilliant communicator and a pleasure to work with. Whether it's print, video, social media or anything else, she has a fantastic ability to capture the personality, the style and the message of a project that delivers results that are on target and effective. Her attention to detail and pride in her work has played a significant role in bolstering the success and reputation of the university, her department, and major university events. She is humble, hard-working, kind, and intuitive; someone to be valued at the highest level.
Sherise Bright was a valuable asset to our team. Working alongside our staff, Sherise excelled at helping to successfully rebrand and publicize the magazine in the following ways:
—Facilitated the magazine in receiving widespread, national publicity.
—Negotiated co-branding opportunities to leverage recognition and opportunities for the magazine by aligning us with major brands.
—Oversaw and planned all magazine events.
—Selected celebrity talent for both the cover and inside of the magazine.
—Attended and oversaw events presence, press conferences, and photo shoot