© 2019 by Essence McDowell

  • facebook-square
  • Twitter Square
  • flickr-square
  • Pinterest-Square


Communications Strategist

I'm a communications strategist.  I've organized, led, collaborated, co-curated, facilitated over 60 events in the last seven years. From state institutions, non-profit organizations to community projects, I've crafted the communications components for successful public programs and events. Here are a few images to reflect the breadth my work.


In 2018, I co-authored Lifting As They Climbed: Mapping a History of Black Women on Chicago's South Side with Mariame Kaba. This guidebook features 48 Black women who contributed to the development of Chicago from the mid-19th century to today. It tells a story of Black women activists, educators and artists who lived and worked on Chicago’s South Side by taking readers on a tour of relevant landmarks and locations.  Visit: LiftingAsTheyClimbed.com

The book has been featured in Chicago Tribune, Rolling Out Magazine, Blavity, Southside Weekly, and many others! 

Web & Graphic Design 

I LOVE using text, color, imagery, and digital texture to create a visual experience. For these projects, I've worked carefully with clients and led teams of developers to ensure that each aspect of the design represents a unique vision. 


National Communications Coordinator 

Essence has coordinated the national multi-media campaigns. She blends her expertise in creative design and digital branding with a vast knowledge of strategic publicity and targeted outreach.  

Marketing & Branding

Each organization and national endeavor must have a unique identity that communicates the mission. Check out some of the organizations, campaigns, and city-wide endeavors: 

Writer & Editor

What we communicate is just as important as how we communicate. My background in journalism has given me the foundational skills to ensure strong written content for each project.