Balestra is a full-service communications firm exclusively elevating the voices of progressive community, with an emphasis on voices of color and others traditionally excluded from the media narrative. We offer high-impact communications counsel: strategic planning, media relations support, messaging, writing, digital strategy, media training, design, video and website support.
Our projects highlight issues at the forefront of the progressive movement with a racial justice lens - how technology policy affects people of color, the Jim Crow roots of our criminal justice system, and the ways immigration enforcement disproportionately impacts black and brown immigrants. Everything we take on focuses on new frontiers and battlegrounds - such as tech and new media - where the civil rights struggle continues for the next age.
Our team is comprised of communicators with experience with the different levers of power from the halls of Congress, to boardrooms, and community activism. With these backgrounds, we bring an understanding of how to tell powerful stories through media to achieve grassroots, regulatory, legislative and corporate change.
"...OUTPERFORMS THE COMPETITION WITH SWAG."
"...PLAYED A KEY ROLE IN HELPING IRC REFRAME REFUGEE ISSUES..."
International Rescue Committee
“…made our work have greater impact…”
Southern Poverty Law Center
"...TACTICAL KNOWLEDGE THAT GOES WELL BEYOND MEDIA..."
"...HAVE NEVER SEEN A TEAM THAT GETS RESULTS LIKE BALESTRA"
Fight for the Future
"...ELEVATED THE VOICES OF COUNTLESS LATINOS..."
Jessica J. González
National Hispanic Media Coalition
"...SIGNIFICANTLY EXPANDED THE REACH OF OUR WORK..."
Deji Bryce Olukotun