Naomi Patton leads Weber Shandwick Detroit's Social Impact practice, providing strategic counsel and support for foundation, non-profit and corporate clients on communications, engagement and advocacy strategies from thought leadership, campaign planning and execution to brand building and issues management.
Naomi joined Weber after managing corporate and entertainment communications for Palace Sports & Entertainment properties: The Palace of Auburn Hills, DTE Energy Music Theatre, Meadow Brook Music Festival and the Detroit Pistons.
She served as Detroit Mayor Dave Bing's press secretary as he worked to fiscally stabilize the city and reform and restructure city government. In addition to her role as spokeswoman and speechwriter, Naomi was responsible for developing and managing strategic messaging and communications campaigns.
Prior to joining the Bing administration in 2012, Naomi was an enterprise reporter for the Detroit Free Press. She covered the Wayne County suburbs and Detroit's City Hall beat at the height of the text message scandal that forced former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to resign, and was part of the team that earned the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting.
Before heading to the Free Press in April 2003, Naomi covered police, city government, and features for the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison. She began her newspaper career at the Milwaukee Community Journal, Wisconsin's largest African-American newspaper, as a reporter and managing editor of the paper's WEEKEND section. Naomi also worked in corporate and public affairs communications in Washington, D.C.