Chester-Davis Communications LLC is a strategic public relations and marketing communications business owned by Leah Chester-Davis. She has nearly 30 years of experience in developing educational entrepreneurial programs and designing and implementing marketing communications campaigns to help organizations meet strategic objectives and secure positive media attention. Her work centers on improving lives and she is particularly interested in working with clients who have products or services that help improve people’s lives.
Chester-Davis Communications specializes in a strategic approach that uses traditional and digital media, helping clients design and implement marketing communications plans that maximize their budgets.
Leah has worked in public relations in Los Angeles, one of the largest media markets in the world. She has worked for North Carolina State University and N.C. Cooperative Extension; Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles; Kasmar Publications in Los Angeles; and the University of Kentucky and Kentucky Cooperative Extension.
Leah has a master’s degree in journalism and human environmental sciences from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a bachelor’s from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville. She also holds certificates in Nonprofit Management from Duke University; Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell; and Content Strategy from Northwestern University.
Leah has won numerous local, regional and national awards. Among them, a Silver Quill Award of Excellence from the International Association of Business Communicators; State Award of Visionary Leadership from the Extension Honorary Fraternity; Outstanding Educational Newsletter from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Services; Garden Globe Award from the Garden Writers Association; Best Newsletter, National Association of Agricultural Agents, and many others.
Leah has secured millions of dollars in media value for organizations. She served as Director of Media Relations for Loyola Marymount University, working with news media in Los Angeles, one of the world’s largest media markets. She has represented organizations in working with media outlets such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, CNN, the Dr. Oz Show, the Charlotte Observer, the (Raleigh) News & Observer, WBTV-Charlotte, WCNC-Charlotte, WUNC’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, Martha Stewart Living Radio, and numerous other newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations.
While at Loyola Marymount University, she coordinated the news media for events honoring Bob Hope, Henry Mancini, Audrey Hepburn (awarded posthumously and accepted by Roger Moore), Ralph Bellamy and Bob Newhart. She has coordinated numerous special events.
She was a key point person in handling crisis communications with worldwide media when basketball player Hank Gathers (leading scorer in the nation) collapsed during a West Coast Conference game. She has also conducted crisis communications training for the agricultural industry.
All Things Food, Home and Garden
A focus in recent years has been local foods efforts and marketing communications campaigns for agricultural crops and commodity associations. She has helped attract audiences and clientele to numerous venues, ranging from educational workshops, special events, home and garden shows, women’s shows, book signings, and farmers markets.