Neil Parekh to join Digimentors as Vice President of Events and Communications
Aug. 2, 2020
New York, NY -- Neil Parekh (@neilparekh), a leading nonprofit communications expert, will be joining Digimentors, a full-service digital agency specializing in TV-quality virtual events, interview shows and social and digital media consulting, as Vice President of Events and Communications.
For the past five years, Parekh has served as the Director of Network Communications for United Way Worldwide, the world’s largest privately-funded nonprofit. He produces a daily newsletter that is sent to 13,000 local staff, has conducted an award-winning, often-trending monthly Twitter Chat called #UnitedWayChat and monthly webinars; and has given dozens of presentations around the country on branding, messaging, social media, public relations and crisis communications. United Way is supported by 2.9 million volunteers and 9.8 million donors worldwide; the 1,800 United Ways in more than 40 countries raised $4.7 billion last year.
“We are thrilled to have Neil join our team,” said Sree Sreenivasan (@sree), co-founder of Digimentors. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position. He has been a key factor in our growth over the last several months. Having him on board full-time will strengthen our ability to deliver high-quality productions and greatly increase our social media/digital consulting capacity. We have a number of conferences, webinars and events lined up for the fall. The time was right to bring on someone who can both manage the workload and help grow the business.”
Parekh will be supervising a team of eight, focusing on event production, social media, marketing and public relations. He starts his new position on Monday, August 17.
“This was one of the hardest career moves I’ve ever had to make,” said Parekh who worked at United Way of Snohomish County in Everett, Washington, from 2011 to 2015 before joining United Way Worldwide’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. “I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to take what I learned at the local level and share that with staff at United Ways around the world. As nonprofits, companies and policymakers explore new ways of engaging with their audiences, I’m excited to be at the forefront of innovation,” he added.
Parekh has more than 25 years of policy and communications experience in Washington D.C., Washington State and Cairo, Egypt. “His work in journalism, advocacy, public relations, social media, marketing and communications (particularly his work with United Way) gives him a strong background to work with the full range of clients we have at Digimentors,” said Sreenivasan.
In addition to working on various client projects, Parekh will streamline production of Digmentors’ three signature shows: Sree’s Sunday #NYTReadalong (Sundays, 8:30am ET); She’s On Call #SheOnCall (Sundays, 11am ET, hosted by surgeons Dr. Sujana Chandrasekhar and Dr. Marina Kurian) and the Daily, Global Covid19 Show, #SreeCovid19Call. In addition to these shows, Digimentors produces talk shows for other clients.
One of the projects Parekh will be spearheading is Digimentors Salon, a monthly learning opportunity to share best practices and the latest innovations in virtual events and digital engagement.
Parekh has produced shows for Digimentors featuring Brian Stelter for #TheNewsProjectLive; Christane Amanpour for the #URITaricani First Amendment Lecture Series; and Stevie Van Zandt and Drew Carey for #LittleStevensRoadshow. He also produced #T4Conf, a global teacher’s conference and engineered simultaneous translation into Arabic and Spanish; produced a Congressional Breakfast for the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and worked with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to produce 456th birthday celebrations for William Shakespeare #SalutetoStratford.
Parekh has served as the Executive Producer and guest host of Sree’s Sunday #NYTReadalong for the past 3 years. Highlights include interviewing Sunny Slaughter for a special edition focused on the #1619Project; Amy Virshup (NYT Travel Editor) and Seb Modak (52 Places 2019 reporter); Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, the judge in the USA Gymnastics abuse case and working closely with Tom Jolly, the Print Editor of The New York Times; Tom has twice been a guest on the show.
Parekh, who was born in NYC and raised 20 minutes from Yankee Stadium in Hastings-on-Hudson, is a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees and New York pizza. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut and lives with his wife and daughter in Springfield, Virginia, a D.C. suburb. His Twitter handle: @NeilParekh; his LinkedIn profile: /NeilParekh1
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ABOUT DIGIMENTORS: Digital pioneers and best friends Sree Sreenivasan and Andrew Lih (@fuzheado), co-founded Digimentors in 2018 to be a different kind of consultancy - focusing on both execution and strategy. Sree Sreenivasan is the Marshall R. Loeb Visiting Professor in Digital Innovation and Audience Engagement at the Stony Brook School of Journalism. He is the former Chief Digital Officer of the City of New York, Columbia University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He taught at the Columbia University School of Journalism for 20 years. He’s been named to such lists as Fast Company 100 Most Creative in Business; Poynter 35 Most Influential in Social Media and a seed list of the 100 most important journalists of the previous 100 years by Unity: Journalists of Color.
Lih, an influential Wikipedian and digital media professor, was Sree’s digital mentor, and was named 2018 Citizen Archivist of the year by the Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero. He now serves as senior adviser to Digimentors. During the pandemic, Digimentors has been working with organizations and nonprofits big and small to help them with virtual events, social media consulting and more. Twenty freelancers with backgrounds in journalism, marketing, photography and more work at Digimentors.