"WE ARE THE PEOPLE BEHIND
THE PEOPLE ON THE FOREFRONT
OF INNOVATION AND SOCIAL CHANGE."

~ Vanessa Wakeman, CEO, The Wakeman Agency

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Thought Leadership for
Women in Social Change


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STORYTELLING THAT
CREATES DIALOGUE

Find out how we secured more than 70 interviews
in 48 hours for UCLA's The Civil Rights Project.

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BATTLE OF THE BANDS
FOR A CAUSE

When companies connect to
communities, great things happen.

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YOUR BRAND AND MISSION
SHOULD BE AT THE HEART
OF EVERYTHING YOU DO.

Find out how we create
events that raise money and your profile.

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Using events and PR to revitalize a brand’s promise

STRENGTHENING LEGACIES

We help nonprofits and socially responsible organizations build influence and generate revenue for important causes through public relations and special events.

LATEST NEWS & INSIGHTS

Real World Scholars at Capitol Hill


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When people think about public relations, they usually think of agencies helping clients get positive coverage in the media. And while that is a majority of what we do at The Wakeman Agency, we are increasingly helping clients build mutually beneficial relationships with third party organizations. Influencer outreach is an important component of public relations as it allows organizations to engage thought leaders and policy makers who are respected authorities and who maintain dialogue with highly targeted audiences. The Wakeman team is skilled at helping clients understand, prioritize and effectively engage with stakeholders who matter most to their issues, causes and organization.

Note from Vanessa Wakeman


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Dear Friend,

“Are you ready to change the world?” That is the question that graced the cover of our very first brochure many years ago. We chose that question because it best represented the embodiment of how we see the nonprofit sector: a committed group of stewards always answering the call to improve the human condition. We find ourselves asking that question a lot lately, as we help organizations prepare for a period of uncertainty.

5 Things Every Nonprofit Should Be Thinking About Right Now by Vanessa Wakeman, for Huffington Post


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Over the past month, I’ve had several conversations with leaders who expressed concerns about how to best position their nonprofit amid the frenzied environment created by the new presidential administration. Many of those I spoke with lead small organizations, with most budgets not exceeding $1M.

That Feeling in Our Bones: Women & Thought Leadership by Vanessa Wakeman, for Huffington Post


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My grandmother could predict the weather based on the way her body felt. If her joints were achy, she would announce that rain was coming. I would always give her a puzzled look and she would smile and say, “I can feel it in my bones.” She was often right.