Executive Bios

Paul V. Grant |  Chief Creative Officer + Senior Producer

Paul V. Grant is an nationally recognized filmmaker, multimedia designer and serves as the Senior Producer and Chief Creative Officer of Ascender Communications, Inc.  He established the company 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. 

Under his leadership, the company has produced 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: pgrant@ascender-c.com     Direct:  (202) 888-3236           LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/paulvgrant


Tracey Middleton-Grant | Principal + Director of Communications

Tracey Middleton-Grant always had a passion for design and great storytelling. Throughout her career, she has produced numerous radio PSAs, digital advertising and branded online content, conference presentations, several series of online educational and promotional videos as well as a host of other interactive content in support of successful marketing and public awareness campaigns, with a focus on producing culturally and linguistically competent final products.

Over past 7 years, Tracey has blended her skills and understanding of public health and motion-based communications while serving as a Principal and Director of Health Communications for Ascender Communications, Inc.  In this role, she provides oversight for numerous 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 has spearheaded exceptional work as the co-senior producer for domestic films and international 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.‘  In addition, she co-produced a multi-series video presentation for a faith-based, community-based organization in 2009 serving children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Tanzania, Africa.

Before making a transition into health marketing and communications, Tracey worked in diverse senior management positions within a variety of public health agencies and federal contractors as a licensed clinical social worker in the Washington, DC area. In these roles, she improved prevention strategies, treatment and care for people living with chronic illnesses, including substance abuse, HIV and AIDS. For 8 years, she served as the Director for a National HIV/AIDS Technical Assistance and Training Program for the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). In this role, she provided onsite and web-based training for HIV health service administrators as well as capacity building technical assistance for HRSA’s Ryan White program grantees located across the United States, including Puerto Rico and Guam.

Contact:  Email: tracey@ascender-c.com     Direct:  (202) 888-3237      LinkedIn:http://www.linkedin.com/in/traceymiddletongrant

 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: calvinebrown@gmail.com            Office:  (202) 888-3594