Richel joined Piper Communications as Project Director in March 2021 bringing with her nearly 10 years of public relations and communications experience spanning various industries including tech and government. 

Prior to joining Piper, Richel served as Communications Director for Chattanooga, Tenn., Mayor Andy Berke. During that time she led communications efforts for the City’s largest initiatives and as well as during crises like a city-wide water outage, deadly tornado and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Additionally, Richel’s experience both as a reporter for The Tennessean and HomePage Media Group and as a PR executive with firms MP&F Strategic Communications (Nashville) and WE Communications (Seattle), provided her with opportunities to see storytelling from both sides and work with clients big and small. 

While at WE Communications, Richel helped pitch stories to national and tech trade publications on behalf of her client Microsoft Azure and coordinated signature Microsoft events that brought in media from around the globe. 

Richel is a Nashville native and 2012 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. When she isn’t working, she loves spending time in the kitchen trying out new recipes, helping take care of her family farm in Leiper’s Fork, and catching up on podcasts during runs.