Traci Otey Blunt
Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, National Football League
Traci Otey Blunt was appointed President of Urban Movie Channel (UMC) in February urban focused content and original programming. As part of RLJE management, Traci continues to oversee RLJE’s corporate affairs which includes corporate communications and public affairs. Traci continues to work closely with Johnson on a variety of corporate and management initiatives.2017, and joined RLJ Entertainment (RLJE) in November 2014 as EVP, Corporate Marketing & Corporate Affairs. Traci was designated by Robert L. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television and Chairman of RLJ Entertainment to develop and launch UMC, the company’s proprietary streaming service dedicated to showcasing African American and
Prior to joining RLJ Entertainment, Traci was SVP for Corporate Communication and Public Affairs at The RLJ Companies, where she was responsible for public relations, media strategy and planning, government relations, political affairs, issues management, as well as executive visibility for Bob Johnson. The RLJ Companies is comprised of 10 holding companies across various industry sectors including automotive, private equity, financial services, entertainment and video lottery terminal gaming. Prior to joining RLJ, Traci served as a national deputy communications director and national director of African American media to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her 2008 presidential campaign.
Traci is a skilled communication, media, political, and public affairs specialist with over 27 years of experience having led numerous and successful campaigns for corporate clients, political campaigns, and non-profit organizations. Her experience spans the fast-paced world of politics and government, having served as a media specialist on Capitol Hill, with the District of Columbia government and in mayoral, state legislative, gubernatorial and presidential campaigns. She has worked at two leading public relations agencies – Porter Novelli, as a senior public affairs practitioner; and Ogilvy Public Relations as vice president and director of African American outreach within the agency’s public affairs and multicultural communications practice.
Traci currently serves on the following boards and has been recognized by her peers across various industry sectors: The International Black Film Festival of Nashville (IBFFN); the Bentonville Film Festival Foundation; the African American Mayors Association Business Council; and ColorComm, a national professional organization for women of color in communications. She is a member of the Arthur W. Paige Society, Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the National Press Club, and Washington Women in PR (WWPR). Traci recently served on the board of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBCLEO) Foundation and Malaria No More.
In 2017, Traci was recognized by several organizations and featured in publications: The ColorComm Circle of Honor Award; named to PR Week’s “Champions of PR” list; feature article in Noire Magazine “Urban Movie Channel: The Power of Engagement.” In March 2016, Traci received the Innovative Woman in Media Award from The Spectrum Circle and in January 2015, she was featured in The Washington Business Journal’s: In the Spotlight; in March 2014, The Network Journal named Traci as one of America’s “Top 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business” and in 2013, Traci was awarded the Women of Legend & Merit honor by Tennessee State University and featured in Mocha Market magazine – “Women In Charge, On Fire and Changing the World: National Advisor to Presidential Contender and Business Tycoon.”
Traci is a proud graduate of Tennessee State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, with honors, in 1990.