Christopher D. Cathcart
Christopher Darren Cathcart is president and founder of OneDiaspora Group, the Los Angeles CA-based parent organization for OneDiaspora Consulting and The OneDiaspora Project. OneDiaspora Consulting is a full service, media/public relations agency, and The OneDiaspora Project is a non-profit community assistance and awareness organization.
He is also a published author and editorialist, noted public speaker, community service advocate, and instructor of marketing and public relations at the Columbia College Hollywood, a leading film school in the Los Angeles area.
Cathcart has more than 24 years of public relations experience spanning a wide spectrum of entertainment, corporate and political activity. The Plainfield, NJ native has excelled as a key executive at some of the nation’s top companies as well as an independent consultant with his own firm, OneDiaspora Consulting.
In his career, he has worked for such companies as Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc. (then home to CNN, TBS, TNT networks, etc.), Motown Records, and Warner Brothers Television, among others. As an independent consultant, he as worked with a broad array of news-making individuals and organizations, as well as on a variety of prestigious events. Through OneDiaspora Consulting, his clients have included such companies as Jaguar Cars, Hidden Beach Recordings, Heart & Soul magazine and UniWorld Group, Inc., a leading African African-owned advertising and communications agency, among many others.
Cathcart is also a published author whose first book The Lost Art of Giving Back, a how-to guide to help encourage people to enhance their lives through volunteerism, was published in 2006. As an editorialist, his social and political commentaries have been featured in newspapers and magazines across the nation, and he has essays in the groundbreaking anthologies Not In My Family, a collection of works by leading African Americans on the impact HIV/AIDS is having in the Black community, and
Family Affair: What It Means to Be African-American Today, a series of essays discussing the Black experience.
He is also co-editor of HBCU Experience – The Book, a collection of 101 first-person stories by graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The book will help showcase the rich history and relevance of Black colleges; it is scheduled for publication in 2012.
As a public speaker, Cathcart has addressed groups, schools, organizations and a variety of conferences around the country on such topics as Brand Marketing, The Effective Use of Media and Public Relations, and Self-Empowerment Through Volunteerism, among many others. In 2005, he co-founded the “As Powerful As You Want To Be” public relations and mentoring workshops. The three-hour ‘boot camps” armed participants with simple, yet effective PR techniques aimed at helping them take concrete steps toward realizing their full potential in business and beyond.
However, he considers his work in the volunteer realm most rewarding. He has been actively involved in community service his entire adult life, mentoring young people, frequently speaking at schools of all levels, and volunteering with numerous organizations. In fact, he served nine years as a mentor for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, which, in 2002, named him, School-based Mentor of the Year.
In 1999 Cathcart launched The OneDiaspora Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting areas in need throughout the African Diaspora. The Project also focuses on raising awareness and activity surrounding the international HIV/AIDS crisis and the devastating impact it is having in the Black community.
Cathcart also sits on the board of directors for several organizations including R.I.S.E. (Reaching Inside for Self Esteem), a Washington DC-based community assistance program, and the Black AIDS Institute, an organization dedicated to combating the AIDS pandemic in Black communities. It was through his work with the Black AIDS Institute that he published LEDGE, the nation’s first and only HIV/AIDS awareness magazine written by and for students at our Historically Black Colleges and Universities. A new college-based publication is due in 2012.
Cathcart graduated from Howard University in 1986 with a BA in Communications. In 2003, the Los Angeles Howard University Alumni Club named him a Howard Man of Distinction and Achievement. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
OneDiaspora Group – Client List
*Includes past and recurring clients
•Hidden Beach Recordings
•Warner Bros. Records
•Virgin America Records
•UniWord Group (advertising/marketing)
•Muse Communications (advertising marketing)
•Heart & Soul Magazine
•The Green Magazine (a golf magazine)
•Artists For a New South Africa
•The Thurgood Marshall •Scholarship Fund
•The Black AIDS Institute
•Los Angeles Marathon
•Howard University (School of Communications)
•Columbia College Hollywood (Film and TV 4-year school)
Speaking Engagement Clients
•Active Minds, Inc.
•Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
•The Consortium of Information & Telecommunications Executives, Inc. (CITE)
•Black AIDS Institute
•The New School (New York City)
•The Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund
•University of Southern California
•Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
•Norma T. Hollis, America’s Leading Authentic Voice Doctor®
•University of the District of Columbia