WASHINGTON (June 11, 2012) — Charu Gupta, former investigative journalist, and Kimberly D. Tignor, former National Bar Association advocacy and legislative counsel, join the VENG Group, Vincent A. Eng, the firm’s CEO, announced today.
Gupta will be the managing partner of VENG Group, Boston, which will open later this month. Tignor joins as senior policy associate at VENG Group, Washington.
“Charu brings a decade of experience of journalism in local communities,” said Eng. “Her decision to specialize in grassroots and mass media and communications for non-profits is a perfect fit for our firm and clients. We look forward to her leadership as she develops our Northeast practice.”
Gupta was most recently a director at The Raben Group, where she did messaging and branding and developed media and advocacy campaigns. She also served as the director of communications for Ohio’s largest foreclosure prevention and community organizing non-profit, Empowering & Strengthening Ohio’s People.
As an investigative reporter, Gupta has won numerous awards for her journalism. In 2009 alone, three pieces of investigative reporting by Gupta were awarded first place by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists. Gupta has a MS from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a BA from the University of Chicago.
“We closely worked with Kimberly on judicial nominations and legislative issues during her tenure at the National Bar Association,” said Eng. “Kimberly’s experience in working with legal communities of color will bring additional expertise and know-how to our growing practice.”
Tignor is well-versed in working across multicultural issues and topics of key interest to people of color. During her time at the NBA, Tignor worked on issues including voting rights, juvenile justice, and the school-to-prison pipeline.
Tignor started her career serving as the judicial clerk to Chief Judge Lee F. Satterfield at the DC Superior Court. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, where she received her JD. While there she served on the National Black Law Students Association National Board and participated in the Juvenile Justice Clinic where she advocated on the behalf of adolescents. She received her BA from the College of William & Mary.
Based in Washington, DC, VENG Group is a government relations, communications, public affairs, and outreach firm with a client roster that includes leading national African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American organizations. Our team brings together a diverse group of individuals that have experience in almost every workplace sector-state and federal government, public interest/not-for-profit, corporate/private, and academia. Our varied backgrounds provide an unparalleled multidisciplinary and technology-driven approach to achieving our clients’ goals.