Rahdiah Barnes

Board Member, Diversity Strategist, and Social Responsibility in New York

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Rahdiah Barnes is the Strategic Diversity Partnership Liaison at Pride Global and President of the New York Chapter of The National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMICNY), the leading diversity organization for People of Color in the Communications Industry.

During her 20- year career in the telecom industry, she has worked for Verizon, Time Warner Cable, XO Communications, and Charter/Spectrum. As a top performer, she has received prestigious awards including, The Presidents Club and The Achievers Cup for outstanding sales achievement. In addition to excelling in her sales roles, she has developed and implemented community outreach programs for a variety of businesses and organizations.

As the New York Chapter President of The National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMICNY) Rahdiah oversees six committees that provides high-quality professional development programming geared to educate, advocate & empower for multi-ethnic diversity in the Communications industry.

Serving as a change agent in designing and developing cutting-edge workforce strategies, she is a strategic partner to senior business and HR leadership. She has lend her expertise to Media companies with their planning, strategizing, and execution of D&I initiatives and recruiting. Under her leadership, her Chapter has planned and executed over 100 corporate events and community outreach initiatives, ranging from large-scale corporate events to intimate panel discussions and workshops. She particularly takes pride in creating Social Responsibility Initiatives and Community Outreach events.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from St. John’s University and credits the school for implementing in her the love of volunteering.

Rahdiah founded and Executive Director of Pappy's Heart, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to bringing comfort to the homeless by providing bags filled with essential items that ease the burden of hunger. In 2019 she was awarded the Outstanding Community Service Award by the Shannon's Share Foundation.

Born in New York City, and raised in upstate New York, she now lives in Harlem. She loves to travel, having visited over 20 countries and 100’s of eateries all over the world. She enjoys watching documentaries, listening to 90’s Hip Hop, and living life to the fullest. A big-time foodie, she runs a fun food blog that documents her love of diverse cuisines and cultures.

  • Work
    • NAMIC-NY
  • Education
    • St. John's University