Isaiah J. Poole - Communications consultant
Isaiah J. Poole is the former vice president of communications for The Democracy Collaborative. He joined The Democracy Collaborative in 2018 as editorial manager for The Next System Project and afterward expanded his responsibilities to include all of the organization’s communications as well as serving as a part of the executive leadership team. He was succeeded in March 2022 by Sili Recio, who joined the organization as senior director of communications.
Poole was previously communications director for People’s Action and for the Campaign for America’s Future, where his responsibilities included serving as editor for the organization’s website and blog, OurFuture.org. He also has more than 30 years of experience in journalism, both as a reporter covering Washington D.C.-area and national politics and as a news and features editor. His editorial management experience includes leading the launch of the Prince George’s County, Md. editions of the Gazette newspapers in the mid-1990s. He was a founding member of both the Washington Association of Black Journalists and the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association. More recently, he has served on the board of the Urban Village Corporation, which oversees an affordable housing complex in Columbia Heights. He is a native Washingtonian with a B.A. in journalism from Penn State University.