Graham joins Friends of the Children as the Director of Marketing and Communications with more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and local government. He will be working to strengthen the organization’s brand and communications strategy and to amplify the voices of the children, families, and communities we serve. Graham has focused his career on creating positive impact in communities by leveraging storytelling, research, and visibility through grassroots collaboration. Before joining Friends of the Children, he led marketing and communications at the nonprofit organization Americans for the Arts, where he began work in 2004 after serving for five years as a founding volunteer member of the organization’s Emerging Arts Leaders Council.
A resident of Jackson Heights in New York City, Graham volunteers with God’s Love We Deliver and has also given time to SAGE and Broadway Cares. He was a member of the Atlanta/Fulton County Ryan White HIV Planning Council and a graduate of the Diversity Leadership Academy of Atlanta. Graham writes both short stories and creative nonfiction and taught at The Writers Center in Bethesda, MD. He was a Larry Neal Fiction Award winner for the District of Columbia and an Anchorage Daily News creative writing winner.
Graham holds a B.A. in English and Art History from Emory University, and a M.F.A in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska Anchorage where he also taught English Composition and worked with Alaska Native youth. He is a native Georgian, which always seems to find its way into his writing. Graham is a natural storyteller, a fierce advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, a dedicated movie buff across genres, a middle-of-the-road bowler in his gay bowling league, a cat dad and an enthusiastic uncle, and is always looking for a reason to travel, especially to Maine.