Ever since she was young, Kelly has been captivated by the glitz and glamour of billboards. This passion led Kelly to her first job as an assistant fashion stylist for A-list celebrities in Los Angeles. A creative and demanding profession, this experience instilled in her a deep appreciation of pop culture, film, music, and the ever-changing trends that permeate these industries.
In 2012, Kelly had the amazing opportunity to join Rain Management, a management and production company representing writers, directors, and artists across film and TV. This role fueled her enthusiasm for connecting talent with entertainment opportunities.
Between 2014 and 2018, Kelly gained experience working with an array of different talents, including musicians, actors, photographers, and DJs. From overseeing brand partnerships at Digital Brand Architects to establishing a multifaceted talent roster at NEXT, Kelly strengthened her passion for facilitating meaningful partnerships between talent and brands. It was during this period that she recognized a significant disparity in opportunities for Black talent, artists, and influencers. This realization sparked Kelly's dedication over the next two years to actively advocate for and pitch Black talent to brands through her next set of roles at United Entertainment Group, 72 & Sunny, and R/GA. Leading casting efforts for numerous clients, including Verizon, Estee Lauder, Dove, Samsung, Target, and others, became a priority. Kelly made it her mission to ensure that budgets were allocated to support and empower Black talent, fostering their growth as well as creating thoughtful relationships between them and brands.
During the pandemic, she pivoted to contribute to the mission of health equity and social justice at Partners In Health. In this role, Kelly spearheaded the organization's first celebrity program with talents: Padma Lakshmi, Rosario Dawson, and Winston Duke. Kelly's time at PIH holds a special place in her heart, as it reinforced the transformative power of celebrities in helping to make the world a more equitable place.
Currently, Kelly Ramsawak is the Director of Talent Partnerships at Vox Media.