Tiffany Catches The Beat
Tiffany D. Cross is the Co-Founder, Managing Editor and Curator of The Beat DC, a political platform highlighting the diversity that leads the nation’s capital. Having navigated the beltway for nearly two decades, Tiffany is the missing voice in the discourse on the politics of today.
Under Tiffany’s leadership, The Beat DC has quickly expanded its circulation, building a base of tens of thousands of daily readers that includes Members of Congress and Capitol Hill staffers, current and previous administration officials, government relations professionals as well as influencers across the country from activists, state and local elected officials to CEOs and c-suite executives. She also co-hosts The Beat DC podcast with political commentator Jamal Simmons.
Founded in 2016, the daily rundown, website and podcast represents the nexus of Tiffany’s unique ability to connect directly with audiences offering a thoughtful critique of policy and politics and unique insight on a myriad of issues through the lens of diversity and inclusion.
Before The Beat
Tiffany’s broad experience across media and policy includes a Senior Advisor at the National Education Association (NEA). Over the course of her tenure at the NEA, she helped harness the power of the organization's nearly three million members, building partnerships across the public and private sector, traditional media, constituency groups and social justice organizations.
Previously, Tiffany served as the Manager of News and Public Affairs, and the Liaison to the Obama Administration, for BET Networks. Prior to that she served as Director of Communications at brilliant corners Research and Strategies, where she worked closely with the company’s president, Cornell Belcher. She cut her teeth in media at CNN where she worked as an Associate Producer covering Capitol Hill.
Before The District
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Tiffany left at a young age and moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she attended Clark Atlanta University majoring in Mass Communications with an emphasis on radio, TV, and film. Tiffany is a proud member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Brenda has more than 12 years of experience in communications and progressive politics and has a penchant for understanding how to connect issues to the news of the day.
Prior to joining The Beat DC and Raben, Brenda spent almost seven years on Capitol Hill including three years as Press Secretary for the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee during the height of the Great Recession. She has helped author and place opinion pieces and stories in outlets like The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, and other top-tier outlets across the country.
A native of El Paso, TX, Brenda holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Religious Studies from Rice University. Su primer idioma es español. Brenda is a member of the American Association of People with Disabilities and a professional -- literally and figuratively -- cat herder: she lives in DC with her two cat children, Ovechkitten and Ella.
Brianna is The Beat DC's Editorial Assistant, wrangling everything from content generation and brand-raising, to The Beat DC’s stories and online social presence.
Before The Beat DC, Brianna was on the higher education beat, and wrote a series of articles on mental health, the University of Puerto Rico, and minority focused issues at the Chronicle of Higher Education. She produced the weekly Gazette section, a compilation of new appointments, resignations, and moves within academia. She also accumulated data for their nonprofit news arm, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, and reported social work tips for fundraising. Prior to that, Brianna was based in Los Angeles, CA, where she focused on content management and storytelling as an Editorial Intern for Flaunt Magazine.
A D.C. transplant herself, she hails from Austin, Texas, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.