We are buoyant.
Buoyant is an award-winning, full-service multi-cultural marketing & communications firm based in Washington, DC, that amplifies the stories of mission-focused companies, nonprofit organizations and cultural influencers that are building more vibrant, equitable and liberatory communities, so that all people can thrive.
Since our founding in 2014, Buoyant has been and is a 100% Black-owned
S-Corporation, with over 85% of its team members being people of color.
Live Event Production
Virtual Event Production
Hybrid Event Production
Web Design & Platform Development
Digital Acquisition / Lead Generation
Data Analysis & Insight Generation
Buoyant is a state of mind that we seek within ourselves when we do our work. It is borne from joy and resilience. It is a gift from our ancestors that cannot be taken away.
National virtual agency for the Multicultural Division of AARP. Responsible for producing their most popular virtual series, "Real Conversations With..." and A Todos Volumen.
Branding, packaging and distributing of groundbreaking racial equity CEO/Trustee learning series, in support of philanthropic leaders in the Greater Washington region.
Producing live (pre-COVID) and virtual (post-COVID) events and activations that more deeply engage the African American community, on behalf of Comcast.
Selected as members of The Kennedy Center’s “Creative Ecosystem” for the One Mic Festival, featuring Nas + National Symphony Orchestra.
Conceived and developed Woke@Work brand concept, identity, website and blog for race-equity culture-focused organization, Equity in the Center.
Rollout of the first African American CEO for one of the largest philathropic serving organizations in the world.
Consulting producer for award-winning documentary on the rapper, Nas, on the 20th anniversary of the release of Illmatic.
Ongoing organizational video storytelling and brand packaging, as well as virtual technical management for the 2020 ABFE Virtual Conference.
Marketing agency of record for Diversity & Inclusion pioneer, Ivy Planning Group. Created new company website as well as website for Ivy sub-brand, MicroTriggers.
Creation of racial equity video series, as well as conceived and developed new podcast series, ForumNation, for the nation's largest philanthropy serving organization.
Real time responsive violence prevention app. Piloted in Washington, DC and expanding to other states across the country.
Nationwide campaign to fight youth hunger that highlights youth ages 13-18 who are food insecure but are not defined by it.
Music superivision for Peabody Award winning documentary that gives an unflinching look at a year inside an American public high school.
University of the District of Columbia's (UDC) 2016 Marketing and Communications agency of record.
Creating brand identity, logo and website for the Housing Leaders Group of Greater Washington, focusing on affordable housing in the Greater Washington region.
Lead consultant hired to create "Rap-It-Up", BET's award-winning, cause related campaign to fight HIV/AIDS in the African American community.
Re-branding and web development for the nation's foremost archeologist, author, speaker and historian on free Black communities.
Music direction and supervision for ACT-SO, NAACP's nationwide youth talent competition.
Creating a racial-equity based campaign for public health funder, Consumer Health Foundation. Rollout in Fall 2017.
Video series that features unadulterated stories of those most impacted by the most important stories of the day.
Increased the exposure of jazz icon, Wynton Marsalis, by developing corporate and social impact platforms with Murphy Fine Arts Center.
Music supervision for award-winning documentary on urban reforestation. Executive Producer, Van Jones.
Served as the US Business Agent to the Paris, France based digital content company to produce and rollout the “intimate” live performance platform, Home Sessions.
Licensing, administration and all contracts for music and sound identity for National Geographic 10-episode series, "Amazing!".
Provided business management services to NAACP Image award winning comedic actress and theatrical producer, Rain Pryor.
Negotiation of all contracts, licensing, administration, and music supervision for the creation of the score for “Treasure Quest 2”.
Producer of citywide implicit bias focused youth perception campaign targeting urban and lower income youth in Washington, DC.
Negotiation of all contracts, licensing & admin for “Strong Choices”, The US Army’s drug and alcohol prevention e-learning program.
Co-producer for The Arts & Humanities Festival at St. Elizabeth's East in Anacostia (DC)
ERIC LILEY | Managing Partner
Eric is a seasoned MARCOMM executive with over 25 years of experience in the Entertainment/Media industries including work in both the for profit and non–profit arenas. His broad breath of expertise includes, TV programming, music licensing, multi-cultural marketing, branding, business development, event production, talent relations, business affairs, youth advocacy, social impact, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI).
Throughout his distinguished career, Eric has held a variety of management positions in marketing at Fortune 500 media/broadcast companies as well as leading non-profit category leaders. His experience includes roles at Gannett/USA Today, Showtime Networks Inc, BMI Music and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In 1995, he served as the President of the NY Chapter of The National Association of Minorities in Communications (NAMIC) the organizations largest chapter at the time.
ERIC RIGAUD | Managing Partner
Eric Rigaud is an award-winning cultural producer and entrepreneur working at the intersection of live and digital storytelling, virtual/hybrid event innovation, brand advocacy, equitable community building, and entertainment. Eric's work harnesses multicultural voices in innovative ways, in order to inspire and engage stakeholder audiences, while utilizing cutting-edge analytics technology to measure story/campaign/platform impact.
Eric began his career 21 years ago in brand management at Procter & Gamble, subsequently pivoting to amplify organizations, brands, and cultural influencers that are leading cultural change.