Creative Leadership

Paul V. Grant |  Chief Creative Officer + Senior Producer

Paul V. Grant is an nationally recognized filmmaker, multimedia designer and also the Chief Creative Officer of Ascender Communications, LLC.  He established Ascender Communications in 2005, as a result of having won a film production grant from Kaiser Family Foundation and The Black AIDS Institute to produce the award-winning documentary film Tangy’s Song! for Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) national ‘Rap-It-Up’ HIV/AIDS awareness campaign in 2004.

For the past decade, his award-winning creative has included radio PSAs, political advocacy commercials, conference presentations, several series of online educational and promotional videos and a host of other interactive content in support of successful marketing and public awareness campaigns. His client list includes, well-known non-profit organizations such as: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); The Balm In Gilead, Inc.; Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU Local 689);  and federal agencies including; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Office of HIV/AIDS Policy (OHAP), Office on Women’s Health (OWH) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).  Paul has also worked with many private corporations to produce outstanding creative work, specifically targeting communities of color.

He began his career in 1995 as a photojournalist for the Richmond Free Press newspaper and then followed his heart into television production in 1997, working at New Millennium Studios, the first full-service film and video production studio in Virginia, as a production assistant on feature films, commercials and the critically acclaimed Showtime network series ‘Linc’s.’

Paul Grant studied graphic design and filmmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Visual Arts in Richmond, VA.

Contact:  Email:     Direct:  (202) 888-3236           LinkedIn:

Tracey Middleton-Grant | Principal + Director of Health Communications

Tracey Middleton-Grant, MSW, LICSW is a licensed clinical social worker with extensive direct service and federal and municipal-level program management experience in the field of substance abuse, mental health, and HIV and AIDS service delivery. However she also has a passion for design and great storytelling.  Over past 5 years, the worlds of public health and motion-based communications collided as she has served as a Principal and Director of Health Communications, for Ascender  providing oversight for special projects and  developing multimedia health literacy and promotional tools for advocacy groups, educators and clinical providers targeting communities of color.

In this capacity she was spearhead exceptional work in domestically and internally health campaigns. In 2012,  she served as a Co-Producer and lead researcher for Ascender’s first feature-length documentary, “The Gospel of Healing: Black Churches Respond to HIV/AIDS” (2012).

Before making a transition into health marketing and communications, Tracey worked in the field of social work to improve prevention strategies, treatment and care for people living with chronic illnesses, including HIV and AIDS.  For 8  years, she has served as the Director for a National HIV/AIDS Technical Assistance and Training Program to provide onsite and web-based training for HIV health providers as well as capacity building technical assistance for Ryan White program grantees.

Tracey has a Master of Social Work degree from Howard University’s School of Social Work and Bachelors Degree in Psychology.

Contact:  Email:     Direct:  (202) 888-3237      LinkedIn:

 Calvin E. Brown | Music Composer + Sound Design

Calvin E. Brown, a native of Richmond, Virginia  and a graduate of the distinguished Berklee College of Music where he majored in Jazz Studies and Cinematic Scoring.  He is now based in Harlem, NY where he is eager to use to his gifts to reflect, question, and bridge the various communities that inform his work.

 Contact: Email:            Office:  (202) 888-3594