About

 

Biography

After working in public sector communications departments for 10 years, Venessa Lewis launched her own graphic design boutique, Lewis Graphic Design in 2007. Specializing in print and web design as well as public relations and social media, Lewis has garnered numerous awards from both local and regional organizations such as the Public Relations Association of Louisiana and the Southern Public Relations Federation.  She became an accredited public relations professional in 2007, a lofty designation earned through the Universal Accreditation Board of the Public Relations Society of America.

Lewis has a large and diverse client roster with accounts ranging from hospitals to school systems, but her specialty is political campaigns. She has worked on more than 25 different political campaigns; candidates ranging from senators to school boards as well as issue campaigns like taxes and TIF funding. She enjoys the challenge of crafting an individual’s brand that is reflective of the candidate’s personality and working to execute a successful campaign strategy.  A good luck charm for her political clients, her success rate is remarkable at 94%. The Manship School of Mass Communication took notice of Lewis’s success in 2009 and invited her to serve as an adjunct professor in the school.  She has taught 2 classes of Visual Communication each semester since, and has gotten rave reviews from her students.

Lewis has served on the board of the Public Relations Association of Louisiana for 3 years as the Membership Vice President.  This is a volunteer position in which Lewis wored to actively recruit and retain members to the Baton Rouge chapter, improving the caliber of local public relations professionals through networking and educational opportunities.  She was just recently named to the Louisiana State University Manship School of Mass Communication’s Alumni Board.  She participates as a mentor in the Live Oak High School Senior Mentor program, where she provides guidance to a high school senior interested in graphic design.  Lastly, Lewis provides free graphic design services for the “Assess the Need” school supply campaign in Livingston Parish each year, because she believes in the value of education and making a positive impact on her community.

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Resume

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Education

B.A. Mass Communications    Concentration: Advertising   |   Minor: English Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.      |        December 1999

Software Expertise:

Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Acrobat Professional, Flash, Illustrator; QuarkXPress; Microsoft Office Suite; Windows Moviemaker

Social Media Specialties:

WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram

Previous Employment

BREC Communications      |      Assistant Director, Graphic Designer   |      8/03 – 12/07

EBR Public School System      |      Communications Specialist     |      9/00-8/03

GambitWeekly      |        Graphic Designer       |       12/99-9/00

Awards:

National Parks and Recreation Association Kudos Marketing Awards
•  Best Overall Communicator (nation-wide)  2006
•  Best Overall Communicator (nation-wide)  2005
•  Best Overall Communicator (nation-wide)  2004
•  Best website (nation-wide)  2004

Baton Rouge Ad Fed
Silver Addy-Program Guide Book cover,  2004

Southern Public Relations Federation
•  Lantern-BREC Tax Renewal Campaign, 2007
•  Lantern-Green Spaces, Fun Places Election Campaign, 2005
•  Lantern-Green Spaces, Fun Places Election Publication, 2005
•  Lantern-Bass Pro Campaign, Design, 2005
•  Lantern-New Orleans Free Tutoring Campaign, 2005

•  Award of Excellence-Lewis Design website, 2010
•  Award of Excellence-Lewis Design Stationary, 2009
•  Award of Excellence- First United Methodist Fundraising Campaign, 2009
•  Award of  Excellence, Central Schools Tax Campaign, 2009
•  Award of Excellence-Streaming Video Web Segments, 2006
•  Award of Excellence-Pocket Program Guide, 2005
•  Award of Excellence-one color brochure, 2004
•  Award of Excellence-Magnet Program PSA, 2002
•  Award of Excellence-Magnet Mania Campaign, 2002

•  Award of Merit-Lewis Design Direct Mail Campaign, 2010
•  Award of Merit-LARIDER website, 2010
•  Award of Merit-BCR log, 2009
•  Award of Merit, Doctor’s Hospice brochure, 2009
•  Award of Achievement-Brooks McKinley Dual Grand Opening, 2007
•  Award of Achievement-BREC 2006-07 Annual Report, 2007
•  Award of Achievement-Imagine Your Parks Campaign, 2004
•  Award of Achievement-Program Guide, 2004

Public Relations Association of Louisiana
•  Member of the Year, 2012
•  Senior Practitioner Designation, 2010

LSU Athletics
Original design chosen for the Limited Edition Collectible 2000 LSU National Baseball Championship commemorative U.S. Postal Envelopes.

 

Professional Memberships/Academic Affiliation

LSU School of Mass Communication  Adjunct Professor, Visual Communication; Fall 2009-present

LSU School of Mass Communication Alumni Board; 2011 to present

PRAL (Public Relations Association of Louisiana);8 years  PRAL Vice President of Membership, 2010-2012

Baton Rouge Advertising Federation; 4 years

PRSA (Public Relations Society of America); 3 years  Local PRSA Board Member, 1 year

A.P.R. (Accredited Public Relations Professional); July 2007
Re-accredited: June 2013