Desiree Peterkin Bell

Public relations expert in Newark NJ

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Outside of New York, Desiree Peterkin Bell is a public relations strategist, brand builder, and award-winning professional. She has worked directly with some of the biggest political names for over twenty years, such as former mayor Michael Bloomberg, Michael A. Nutter, and Cory Booker. After a fulfilling career working in various government positions, she founded DPBell & Associates in 2016, a full-service public affairs firm.

She started her career in Indianapolis working for former Mayor Bart Peterson after earning her Master's in Public Administration degree as a National Urban Fellow. While there, she worked to address issues with community involvement, instruction, strategic governance, affordable housing, and economic development. She relocated her career to her hometown of New York City after the devastating effects of 9/11, taking a job as the Supervising Legislative Representative for the Bloomberg Administration.

There, she fought to pass three critical pieces of legislation: the Tort Reform, the Film Tax Credit, and the New York City Smoke-Free Air Act of 2002. Later, she rose to Vice President of Government Affairs at NYC Marketing, the city of New York's marketing development organization. With companies like Universal Studios, General Motors, The Latin Grammys, and the Country Music Awards, she worked to secure multi-million dollar sponsorships for the city in this capacity.

Desiree began working as the Director of Communication for the Booker Administration in Newark, New Jersey, in 2006. She joined the team as the youngest senior official. She went on to create an award-winning 21st-century communications network that crossed platforms and is credited with boosting Cory Booker's significant social media presence. The New Jersey League of Municipalities also acknowledged her work with the AdministrationAdministration, which named the city's communications office the "Best City Office of Communications in New Jersey."