A seasoned communicator, Joia Jefferson Nuri specializes in executive coaching, presentation and media training, message strategies, and events planning. She has written keynote addresses for international organizations, congressional testimony and three TED Talks. A prolific speaker and on air personality, Joia has conducted presentation coaching for government agency leaders, foundations, USAID project leaders and celebrities including Harry Belafonte and Danny Glover, to name a few. Additionally, during President Obama’s administration, Joia planned two Presidential Inaugural Balls and public policy conferences in the US and abroad.
Joia began her media work as a TV technician for NBC, then CBS News. As the first African American to become Technical Director of Face the Nation, Joia brought advances in race and gender relations that opened doors to other advancements for women and African Americans in network news organizations. Eventually, she moved on to become the senior producer for BET, PBS and NPR affiliates, C-SPAN and local television stations in Washington, D.C. In addition, Joia’s work as an independent reporter took her to West Africa where she covered the emerging democracy movements in Ivory Coast and Nigeria.
With a vast knowledge of the inner workings of local, national and international newsrooms and international politics, Joia brings exceptional value to each of her client engagements. When she delivered the keynote address on race and sports in Vienna before the full body of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), she was praised or her skill in articulating complex intergroup dynamics to a leadership audience. With a growing reputation and passion for representing third world economies Joia was called upon to testify before a Congressional House subcommittee on aid to Haiti.
Joia serves as a political analyst on NewsOne Now with Roland Martin Show and other network and local news programs. Her blogs are respected for their insight on the impact of historical and cultural images on politics today. An excellent Mistress of Ceremonies and voice over artist, Joia has voiced documentaries and special exhibits for the Smithsonian Institution. Listen to her demo.