Ivey Media Agency amplifies the narratives of minority-owned businesses and organizations to not only increase awareness but also achieve social change. We reach our target audiences with compassion and a goal to leave them better. We are advocates, providing Social Solutions through Storytelling.
About our President
Chinua Joi Ivey is a communications practitioner who focuses on engaging others through storytelling. She is passionate about the responsibility we all share in advocating for the health of the communities in which we live and serve. When asked about her communications experience, she explains, "Effective communication is an art form that can unify masses and encourage social change. I take pride in amplifying voices of those who may be systemically or otherwise suppressed".
As a victim of crime, she understands what it means to be voiceless. Chinua Joi Ivey's childhood home in Washington, DC was filled with intimate partner violence, child abuse, substance abuse, mental illness, and neglect. As a result, she became a ward of the court. She eventually aged out of the foster care system, noting that the love and support of two amazing foster families blessed her with security, stability, and most importantly, hope.
She pressed beyond the dismal past of her childhood by earning a Presidential Award from President Clinton for Academic Improvement upon graduating from high school. She continued to earn a BA in Mass Communications/ Speech Communication (2002, Bethune-Cookman College), a MA in Organizational Management (2004, University of Phoenix), and a Graduate-level Certificate in Domestic Violence Prevention (2011, University of Massachusetts-Lowell). Currently, she is studying for a second master’s degree in Strategic Communications at American University, where she was offered a merit scholarship and has a 3.75 GPA.
As a committed advocate, she increases awareness of the risks and consequences of relationship violence through her non-fiction IRIS (Incredible Resilience and Inner Strength) Book Series, IRIS Mentoring Program, speaking engagements, and more. Her passion for advocacy is not limited to causes, as she is keenly aware of the importance of branding and positioning for minority-owned businesses. Through her boutique PR business, Ivey Media Agency, she is a freelance writer and consultant to small businesses and non-profits. At IMA, she identifies, shapes, and packages stories for influence and awareness. Mrs. Ivey believes that "Every cause or brand has a story, and every story can spark change". She resides outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her husband. Together, they have three adult children - two in the Army and one in college.