Onyx O. Finney is CEO and Chief Creative Officer of The Creative Nous, LLC. As a public relations practitioner, brand strategist and social media maven she has conceptualized, written and implemented marketing and public relations strategies; branded organizations; and produced a diversity of programs and special events featuring high-profile artists, public intellectuals, entertainers, political dignitaries and celebs.
Before embarking on the unpredictable yet rewarding road to entrepreneurship, Finney served as Director of Marketing and Communication for the Painted Bride Art Center. Onyx rebranded the Bride—a 44 year-old multidisciplinary presenting arts organization. She improved consumer engagement and expanded its media partnerships to promote artists including Miguel Zenon, Fly: 5 First Ladies of Dance, Lucidity Suitcase, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, King Britt, The Curtis Brothers Quartet, Noreum Machi, Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra and renowned visual artist J.J. McCracken, among others. Before joining the arts community, Finney directed communication, marketing and special events at the Center for African Studies, University of Pennsylvania (PENN).
At PENN Finney branded the Center for Africana Studies and set the standard for its special events, communication initiatives, and academic programs. She produced numerous special events featuring high-profile politicians, entertainers, and academics including: Harry Belafonte, Ursula Rucker, Tukufu Zuberi, Spike Lee, Sekou Sundiata, Angela Davis, Rep. Maxine Waters, bell hooks, Hannibal Lokumbe, Michael Eric Dyson, Julie Dash, Marc Lamont Hill, Mary Frances Berry and President Bill Clinton.
In 2008, Finney volunteered as strategic advisor and press secretary for Pennsylvania State Representative Rosita Youngblood’s successful re-election campaign. Onyx served as strategic advisor to Youngblood post-campaign in 2012.
An alumna of The University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Onyx is an active volunteer and currently serves on several boards including Johnson House Historic Site. She is a founding member of StarSpirit International’s G2 Leadership Initiative and supports its Africa Water Project and StarSpirit Scholars Program in Ghana, West Africa.
An undercover yet avid nerd, Onyx’s interests include intersections of technology, digital media, marketing psychology and communication.