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      Alexandrea Ravenelle, PhD

           Marketing & Communications Consultant


Alexandrea Ravenelle

Alexandrea J. Ravenelle, PhD, has 15 years of experience in marketing, communications and development for nonprofits and small to mid-sized companies.

Originally trained as a journalist, her work has been published nationwide in newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, San Jose Mercury News, The Houston Chronicle, The Huntsville Times, CityLife and Lexington Herald-Leader.  As a member of the nonprofit community, Alexandrea has served in a number of roles including Board Treasurer for Areyvut; Director of The Elie Wiesel Foundation; Senior Development Officer for National Council on Economic Education; Event Planner for A Better Chance; Grant Writer for New York Legal Assistance Group; and AmeriCorps Promise Fellow for Columbia/Boone County Community Partnership. Her corporate experience includes serving as a Marketing Manager for TCC Group, a nonprofit consulting firm, and as a Director and Senior Publicist with GlobalFluency, an international public relations and marketing firm. 

Alexandrea is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU. She is also the author of Hustle and Gig: Struggling and Surviving in the Sharing Economy (University of California Press, 2019). Recently awarded a multi-year Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Knowledge Challenge grant, Ravenelle is currently working on her next project, After the Hustle, which examines the impact of high-status gig work and sudden platform closing on gig economy entrepreneurs.

Alexandrea teaches in VMG's classroom and online programs.


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