A director at The Raben Group, Markette Sheppard has more than 15 years of experience in communications and multimedia journalism, with a deep understanding of how to deliver complex issues to the masses using the power of storytelling, which is key to her media relations duties as a member of Raben’s communications team.
Prior to joining Raben, Markette spent more than a decade working as a news and feature reporter, host, and anchor for local broadcast media outlets, including serving four years at the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C., where she won an Emmy Award and two years at WAMU, the NPR station in Washington. She also founded a multimedia communications consulting company, The Glow Brands, LLC, and served as a marketing and PR executive for a nonprofit financial institution, and worked as a senior media advisor for the Biden Campaign Affinity Group, Black Women for Biden. In this role, Markette provided communications, PR, and digital media strategy and support for the group, which included serving as moderator of Envisioning a New America, a live streaming event held in conjunction with the 2020 Democratic National Convention that featured national thought leaders.
Markette is also the author of the children’s books What Is Light?, which debuted at No. 1 on Amazon’s children’s bestsellers list, and My Rainy Day Rocket Ship. Published by Simon & Schuster, Markette’s books aim to inspire and illuminate the perspectives of young readers. Markette has been honored for her writing by Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser, and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who invited her to read for the prestigious Chicago Public Library program, “Live at the Library.”
Originally from Los Angeles, Calif., Markette earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in French from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and a Master of Arts degree from American University in Washington, D.C.