Rain Barrel Communications is an evolving organization, a New York-based consultancy created by co-directors Robert David Cohen and Paul Hoeffel in 2008, after long careers in journalism and at the United Nations. Paula Claycomb, also coming from the UN, is Rain Barrel’s Project Manager. Our small company is growing, bringing in 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 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 almost 30 years, applying Communication for Development principles and techniques to ensure consultative and inclusive social change processes. Her focus has been on promoting the use of a wide 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.