Jamaal Bell is the creative strategy manager for the Kettering Foundation. Bell plays a key role in developing and managing creative communication strategies to further elevate and make visible the work of the Kettering Foundation.
Bell has managed many creative projects. Throughout his career, his focus has been on helping leaders, communities, and organizations use brand storytelling to further their initiatives. In 2021, as a senior brand strategist at Slide Nine Agency, he was a major contributor to the research, development, and creative strategy of Saint-Gobain North America’s national sustainable communities initiative, Sustaining Futures Raising Communities. In 2019, as creative strategies manager for Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), he played a vital role in the branding, advertising, and launching of COTA’s first ride-sharing service, COTA//Plus. As communications director at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, he directed the award-winning documentary Free to Ride and a film presentation of “A Reading of the Letter from Birmingham Jail.”
Bell’s professional work aligns with his community service. He has served in board roles at Mental Health America of Ohio and Catholic Social Services. Further, he has served on many community organization committees for United Way of Central Ohio and The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio.
Bell is a veteran of the United States Navy. He holds a BS in public relations from Ball State University, an MA in communications management from the University of Southern California, and an accreditation in public relations (APR).