Chandra M. Hayslett
Chandra M. Hayslett is the Communications Director at the Center for Constitutional Rights. She is responsible for leading the overall development of communications strategy and guiding the department’s coordination with the Legal and Advocacy Departments and case-specific communications plans. Prior to coming to the Center for Constitutional Rights, she was a Managing Supervisor at G&S Business Communications, where she provided strategic counsel and developed branding and integrated marketing communications campaigns to grow businesses and position executives as industry thought leaders. Prior to G&S, Chandra was Director of Communications for StudentsFirstNY, where she used traditional and social media tactics to change the conversation around education reform issues. Chandra also served as Director of Communications and Marketing for First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens/Central Jersey Community Development Corp., a 7,000-member multi-cultural church and leader in the faith-based community-development movement focused on financial wellness, housing, and employment and economic development. Before transitioning into public relations, Chandra spent 11 years as newspaper reporter covering K-12 education, court cases, and politics.
Chandra has a Bachelor of Arts in African-American Studies from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville). Honors include a Pulitzer Prize staff award for breaking news at The Star-Ledger; Society of Professional Journalists’ Deadline Reporting Award; Gannett Newspapers’ Project Enterprise Well Done Citation; The Home News Tribune’s Rising Star Reporter’s Honor; Responsible Journalism Award from the New Jersey Press Association; Best New Diversity Initiative by the PR Council and PRWeek; and a 2019 finalist in non-profit branding competition by PR News.