The Black College Firm was founded out of the desire to secure the future of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through government relations and student advocacy. We believe that true change is centered in policy. Political advocacy at the local, state, and federal level is necessary to ensure equitable allocation of resources to HBCUs and minority students.
With black students and colleges at the forefront of our work, we have built a client service business that provides advocacy consultancies and services in the Atlanta, Georgia and Washington, D.C. areas. While other firms may have deep experience and skilled professionals, we provide a high-end client experience, with a bespoke strategy, customized by a boutique style firm.
Led by Jackson State University alum, DeAndré Gates, The Black College Firm is grounded in a lived HBCU experience, which is engrained in the issues we support, the services we provided, and the work that we do to propel the HBCU community and minority students forward.
The Black College Firm advocates for political legislation that allocates funding, resources, and services to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and minority K-12 students.
DeAndré Gates is a visionary who believes we can improve the world by first creating change in our own communities. As a graduate of Jackson State University, who has an inspiring story to tell, he proudly recognizes himself as a “student of the movement.” Coming to discover his own voice and role in shaping HBCUs, he is committed to paving the way for future generations by lobbying for educational equity and social justice issues. DeAndré is passionate about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and spends majority of his time creating awareness around issues that impact black, brown and low-income students, particularly HBCU students. DeAndré has a professional background in the financial services industry.