Birds of Paradise Public Relations is a boutique communications and consulting agency that cater to businesses, organizations and individuals throughout the Caribbean and the diaspora, and those looking to do business in the region, within various industries including culinary, media, technology and tourism.


To elevate individuals, companies and nonprofit organizations in the Caribbean, and within the diaspora, who seek to share their innovative products, services and expertise with the rest of the region and the world. We are passionate about our home; proud of our culture; and excited to help our clients share all the Caribbean, and its people, have to offer.



After several years at a national, award-winning public relations agency, and working client-side at a top 15 global law firm, Ruthie Thomas made the leap into entrepreneurship with the launch of Birds of Paradise Public Relations. By combining her passion for public relations with her love for her culture and heritage, she created a communications agency to help businesses, organizations and individuals throughout the Caribbean, and within the diaspora, reach beyond their boundaries and create open dialogues with their audiences. Her personable approach to media relations and astute intuition has allowed her the opportunity to develop strong relationships with an eclectic group of media professionals and earned a prestigious SABRE Award for top-notch client service.

Ruthie recently relocated to Los Angeles after living in New York City for over a decade. In her free time, she enjoys cooking her favorite Caribbean dishes, spending time with family and friends, and exploring her new city.


Island-St. Maarten ★ Fruit- Mango ★ Dish- Pelau ★ Flower- Bird of Paradise ★ Music- Soca ★ Artist- GBM Nutron


With a background in social work; an uncanny sense of people; and the holistic perspective on the business world that could only be developed through a rigorous MBA program, Gandra Thomas-White has the battle-tested skill set and experience to oversee the daily operations of Birds of Paradise Public Relations. A natural-born leader with solid business acumen, she encouraged her sister to follow her dream to open a boutique PR shop and made it a priority to help her see it come to fruition, by signing on as her business partner. Her No.1 goal is to eventually expand the services provided by Birds of Paradise Public Relations beyond the communications industry.

Gandra lives in Miami with her husband and is a self-proclaimed fashionista with a knack for finding the best deals. She enjoys relaxing on South Beach and indulging in all the fun her city has to offer.


Island-St.Barths ★ Fruit-Tamarind ★ Dish- Roti ★ Flower- Hibiscus ★ Music- Reggae ★ Artist-Beres Hammond

Valeria Mercedes - Director of Communications

After six years working in a highly competitive television market as the producer of two top-rated newscasts, Valeria joined Birds of Paradise Public Relations as the Director of Communications. She worked at a CBS affiliate for 5 years. Her most recent job in television was at a Fox affiliate station. During her time in television, Valeria became a key decision maker for her shows. Her role as a producer required her to master several skills within the news industry, making decisions on everything from story content to station branding. Valeria has produced during numerous high-profile live events, the most trying being the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, in Newtown, Connecticut. She expanded her producing criteria by covering a range of headline-grabbing stories that affected the Eastern Coast of the United States including Hurricane Irene, Superstorm Sandy and a surprise October snowstorm that left thousands in Connecticut without power for days. In her latest venture at Birds of Paradise Public Relations, Valeria brings her years of television experience to the public relations field and a keen understanding of what makes businesses marketable to media. Valeria has strong ties to the Spanish-speaking Caribbean as her family hails from the Dominican Republic. Valeria is based in the New York City Metro Area. Se habla español!


Island - Dominican Republic (Hispaniola) ★ Food - Bistec encebollado con mangú y tostones ★ Flower - Orchid ★ Music - Bachata ★ Artist - Mana (band)


Birds of Paradise Public Relations provide a wide variety of high-quality public relations services.


You have a story to tell. Our goal is to share it with the right audience and get you maximum exposure. We use creative, strategic media relations tactics to entice  journalists and bloggers to share your story.


With social media, content is key. We help you develop content to encourage conversation and engagement, and create long-lasting relationships built on trust and transparency.


We help influencers and brands connect to reach new audiences and markets.


Reputation is everything. We help you develop and maintain a good reputation both on and offline.


Whether it’s an official grand opening, a media conference or a closed-list charity soiree, we are experts at creating spectacular events.

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