Christopher J. Epps
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Christopher “CJ” Epps is the Vice President of Marketing & Communications at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF. At CBCF, he oversees the communications and marketing, external affairs and events teams to help increase visibility and build the identity and reputation of the foundation.
Before joining CBCF, Mr. Epps was an appointee in the administration of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States. During the administration, he worked in public affairs roles at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) and International Trade Administration (ITA). As EDA’s public affairs director, Mr. Epps devised the bureau’s communications strategy and worked with the White House to successfully roll out several multimillion-dollar federal investment announcements which garnered record, national media coverage.
While the deputy director of public affairs at ITA, he led communications campaigns for the Commerce Department and ITA policy initiatives, product launches and issue report releases, most notably, the award-winning release of ITA’s Top Markets sector reports; the 2015 and 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summits; an education trade mission to sub–Saharan Africa; the reimagined U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade; and the inaugural U.S.-India Strategic & Commercial Dialogue.
Prior to joining the Commerce Department, Mr. Epps was the senior director of communications and marketing at America’s Promise Alliance. Founded in 1997 by General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.), America’s Promise is the nation’s largest partnership alliance comprising corporations, nonprofit organizations, foundations, policymakers, advocacy and faith-based groups committed to ensuring that young people receive the fundamental resources they need to lead successful, healthy and productive lives, and build a stronger society.
At America’s Promise, he was instrumental in partnering with the U.S. Department of Education to launch the organization’s High School Dropout Prevention campaign and related Dropout Progress report, detailing the national high school dropout crisis. He also organized and implemented special events, press conferences and outreach campaigns, in addition to serving as the creative director for all video projects and collateral materials development.
He has held marketing and public relations positions at various companies and organizations including Reingold, Inc., a strategic communications and marketing firm based in Alexandria, Va; Physicians for Peace, a medical education and aid nonprofit headquartered in Norfolk, Va.; and the National Housing Partnership Foundation in Washington, DC. He has also worked as a freelance writer for organizations in the DC area and a startup video and film production company in Southeastern Virginia.
Mr. Epps is currently a member of the Public Relations Society of America and the National Black Public Relations Society. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and communications from Hampton University located in Hampton, Va.