Rain Barrel Communications is a New York-based consultancy created in 2008 by Directors Robert David Cohen and Paul Hoeffel, after long careers in journalism and at the United Nations. Paula Claycomb, who also had a distinguished career at the United Nations, became our third Director in June 2017. Rain Barrel boasts a growing roster of Associates, all accomplished friends and colleagues, who share our vision of social justice in a world in dramatic transition.

Paul Hoeffel

My life has been privileged: writing, reporting, traveling and searching for justice and citizenship in the bigger world.

My work with Rain Barrel Communications enables me to engage with the wonderful diversity of people, including many in the private sector, who want to do the right thing in dealing with the deeply-imperiled future facing us all. These challenges are alternately discouraging and inspiring. Yet we always gladly share our knowledge and energy to help give voice to those who are struggling to make life a little better for everyone. And we even have some fun doing it.

Robert David Cohen

Robert David Cohen is an award-winning poet, journalist, children’s rights expert and communications strategist. For the 20 years before founding Rain Barrel, he was a communication specialist for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). During part of that time, he served as chief speechwriter to two successive Executive Directors, helping to articulate the mission of the world’s leading organization for children on issues ranging from preventable child and maternal deaths and hunger to HIV/AIDS and child soldiers. His focus as part of the Rain Barrel management team tends to be on C4D, children and media and development of communication strategies.

Paula Claycomb

Paula Claycomb became a Director in June 2017, joining Co-Directors Robert David Cohen and Paul Hoeffel. She joined Rain Barrel in 2014 as Project Manager, drawing on decades of management and organizing experience in the UN system, Amnesty International USA and as a journalist. She has worked in international development for three decades, applying rights-based social and behavior-change-communication principles and techniques promoting consultative and inclusive social-change processes. Her expertise lies in identifying a range of communication channels, rather than one or two, to achieve change. She has a Masters degree in Public Administration from New York University. Paula is based in northern New Mexico and never tires of travel to new places.