Public relations firm Mercury announces the promotion of communications strategist Rachel Noerdlinger. Noerdlinger will become the first Black female partner in the firm’s history. Noerdlinger has served as managing director in Mercury’s New York City office since 2015, specializing in third-party coalition-building and issues related to diversity, inclusion and strengthening relationships for corporations, politicians and high-profile stakeholders working in communities of color.

Noerdlinger has counseled a diverse array of high-profile clients and Fortune 500 companies on issues spanning corporate communications to criminal justice reform.

Before joining Mercury, Noerdlinger was the chief of staff for New York City’s First Lady Chirlane McCray, and prior to that she was president of Noerdlinger Media, a consulting firm representing a cross-section of high-profile clients in politics, business, civil rights, law and entertainment.