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The Philadelphia Chapter is the fifth largest chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). We provide opportunities for professional development, mentoring, networking and continuous learning in all strategic communication disciplines to 430 members across Greater Philadelphia. 

PRSA Philadelphia supports PR and communications professionals in all stages of their career and offers a myriad of resources, including the region’s preeminent PR job bank; the exclusive opportunity to earn the APR professional accreditation; professional development and networking events; and volunteer opportunities. We also work closely with student chapters of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) in the region.

Our Board 

Our 2019 Board of Directors

Martha Gaston, APR

Martha Gaston, APR

President

Vice President, Corporate Communications Manager II, TD Bank

Steph Byrwa

Steph Byrwa

Vice President

Marketing & Communications Manager, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Philadelphia

Tom Logue

Tom Logue

Treasurer

Senior Associate, AKCG – Public Relations Councelors

Michele Besso

Michele Besso

Secretary

Public Relations Director, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

John Kouten

John Kouten

Immediate Past President & Ethics Chair

CEO,
JFK Communications

Lisa Packer

Lisa Packer

Director-At-Large

Strategic Communications Consultant, Tridiuum, AAWC, Ellis Investment Partners

Jawanza Keita

Jawanza Keita

Director-At-Large

Director, Corporate Communications and Media Relations, AmericHealth Caritas

Rosie Braude

Rosie Braude

Director-At-Large

Assistant Director, Office of Media & Public Relations, Rowan University

Linda Woody

Linda Woody

Director-At-Large

Senior Manager, Internal & HR Communications,
Saint-Gobain

Committee Chairs

Lori Doyle

Lori Doyle

Membership Chair

Senior Vice President, Communications,
Drexel University

Mike Lauer

Mike Lauer

Communications Chair

Marketing Communications Specialist,
McCormick Taylor

Ryan Sheehy-Cox, APR

Ryan Sheehy-Cox, APR

Programming Chair

CEO,
SHEEHY strategies

Renee Cree

Renee Cree

Diversity & Inclusion Chair

Associate Director, News and Media Relations, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Melanie Wright

Melanie Wright

PR Institute Chair

Director of Strategic Communications & Business Development, Ainsworth Communications

Jake Farbman, Ed.D., APR

Jake Farbman, Ed.D., APR

APR Chair

Executive Director,
New Jersey Center for Student Success

Robyn Frenze

Robyn Frenze

Emerging PR Pros Chair

Senior Director/Communications Consultant/Principal, High Lantern Group/Chameleon Communications

Vacant

Vacant

Sponsorship Chair

If you have interest in serving on any of the PRSA Philadelphia committees or in filling a vacant position, please contact PRSA Philly Chapter President, Martha Gaston, APR at president@philly.org.