Donald Gatlin



Donald Gatlin is a principal at The Raben Group with more than a decade of experience helping clients create and execute strategic communications campaigns. Donald is an expert at developing the right narratives for the right audiences to gain his clients the traction and support they need to advance their causes. His work includes organizational positioning, message development, audience identification, media relations, and content creation.

Donald joined Raben in 2009, after a variety of nonprofit and private sector experiences. At Raben, he has worked with some of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations, coalitions, foundations, and corporations to help them communicate about homelessness, education, childhood obesity, voting rights, immigration, healthcare, racial equality, LGBT equality, and more.

A sample of past and current engagements include the TIAA Institute; Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Independent Sector; Rockefeller Foundation; Kaitz Foundation; Documentary filmmaker, Roger Ross Williams; Writer and scholar, Elizabeth Alexander; the Human Rights Campaign; and the Williams Institute.

Donald has been a Leadership Institute Fellow at the Center for American Progress. He holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Wesleyan University, where his coursework focused on the cultures, politics, and literatures of the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He is a native of Alexandria, Va.

Career Highlights

  • Center for American Progress Leadership Institute Fellow
  • Data Specialist at the Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
  • Reporter at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)