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Pharoah Cranston

Pharoah Cranston

Director of Communications

Pharoah Cranston is a senior Communications Specialist with an extensive background in Communications Management. He has experience Marketing on behalf of non-profit and educational institutions, as well as a far-reaching proficiency with print, online and social media engagement to diverse audiences. 

Prior to joining the NYU Metro Center, Pharoah served as a Social Media and Outreach Coordinator for LaGuardia Community College, where he was responsible for orchestrating social marketing initiatives in support of City University of New York (CUNY) programs designed to drive educational and career outcomes amongst predominately Black and Latinx communities. Additionally, Pharoah engineered digital campaigns and curated multi-platform content to achieve outreach goals and sustain retention objectives for Pre-College and High School Equivalency classes geared for adult, immigrant, and formerly incarcerated students.

Throughout his career, Pharoah has prioritized career opportunities that have fostered advocacy in support of greater social diversity, equity, and inclusion. Pharoah’s previous professional experiences include serving in senior roles with both the National Association of Black Journalists and National Public Radio member station, New Jersey Public Radio.

Pharoah is a proponent of empowering vulnerable communities and facilitating pathways of opportunity for historically underserved people in an effort to combat systematic racism and eliminate racial inequity. Pharoah expresses this dedication through his various volunteer efforts with enrichment programs for middle school and high school pupils. 

Pharoah Cranston earned a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and went on to earn a master’s degree in Communications from Temple University’s Klein College for Media and Communications in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Being born and raised in Harlem, Pharoah is a fan of Renaissance writers and artists, hip-hop culture, and classic films.