Executive Director, External Relations, Communications and Media Relations
Rachael Lighty is the Executive Director of External Relations, Communications and Media Relations for Laureate International where she leads the global communications and international media relations strategy, along with crisis communications, thought leadership, and brand and reputation management strategies. Laureate is the world’s leading higher education provider, educating more than 1 million students across 88 institutions in 28 countries. Prior to joining Laureate, Lighty served as the lead spokesperson for BGE where she successfully managed the crisis communications and all media relations for the company.
Lighty attributes her success to her passion for making a positive impact on others. She says it is this passion that drives her commitment to volunteerism and philanthropy, motivates her in her career and guides her in her relationships with family, friends, colleagues and her community.
Lighty also is a board member of the United Way of Central Maryland’s Emerging Leaders United and vice president of the Baltimore Public Relations Council. As a certified cause consultant through the Georgetown University Center for Social Impact, Lighty provides pro bono strategic communications, media relations, social media and digital engagement consultation for The Literacy Lab in Washington, D.C.