PRSA Portland Metro Chapter

Public Relations Society of America Portland Metro Chapter

Serving more than 250 public relations professionals in Oregon and Southwest Washington, the chapter supports lifelong professional development and honors excellence in public relations. More than one-fifth of Portland Metro Chapter members have earned Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), the profession’s only national post-graduate certification program. Six chapter members have been elected to the PRSA College of Fellows, considered the pinnacle of a professional career.

Submit your campaign or tactic for a Spotlight Award today

Could you be among the best in Oregon and Southwest Washington public relations? Each year, PRSA Portland recognizes outstanding work by public relations and communications professionals in Oregon and Southwest Washington. The Spotlight Awards honor those who have raised the standards of our practice - by employing exemplary research, planning, execution and evaluation methods to create successful tactics, campaigns and programs.

Nominations for Awards of Distinction Now Open

In addition to Spotlight Awards and Awards of Merit, the Portland Metro Chapter presents annual Awards of Distinction to outstanding professionals and organizations.

These awards honor individuals and organizations recognized as the best of the best. There is no fee for submissions for the Awards of Distinction.

The Awards of Distinction are: William W. Marsh Lifetime Achievement Award, Ron Schmidt Community Involvement Award, New Professional Award of Excellence, and Olga M. Haley Mentorship Award.

The call for nominations is open through Tuesday, August 4.

Your Leadership

  • Barbara Kerr, APR

  • Immediate Past President (non-elected position) Barbara Kerr, APR, is an award-winning communications specialist with worldwide experience. An Emmy-nominated broadcast journalist, she reported from political conventions, presidential debates and Cape Canaveral. She has served as a communications advisor for government, business, education, public and nonprofit organizations in New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. as […]

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  • Beverly Brooks

  • Director-at-Large – Development Beverly brings more than a decade of award winning journalism and public relations experience to the PRSA Portland Metro Chapter. As the Principal of Media & Image Consulting, Inc., she thrives in client and media relations, with a focus on local, national and global earned media.   Throughout her tenure, she has […]

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  • Chris Benware, APR 

  • Secretary / Chief Operations Officer Chris Benware, APR, is an accredited public relations professional based in Portland, Ore.  He received his B.S. in Political Science from Southern Oregon University and went on to found one of Oregon’s largest biodiesel fuel manufacturing firms, Rogue Biofuels, in 2007.  After four years with Rogue, Chris accepted a development […]

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  • Colby Reade, APR

  • Vice President – Public Relations / Chief Communications Officer Driven by “a passion to tell meaningful stories that could have a positive impact on my community,” Colby Reade, APR, graduated from the University of Oregon Clark Honors College as a Presidential Student Scholar with a degree in journalism. He applied his education to the broadcast […]

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  • Dave Thompson, APR

  • Vice President – Member Relations / Chief Relationship Officer In more than 14 years of practicing public relations full time, Dave Thompson, APR, has worked as the director of corporate communications for a high-tech firm, acted as media consultant/media trainer for half a dozen other companies, and helped another dozen or so Web-based start-ups build […]

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  • Jenna Cooper, APR

  • Leadership Assembly Delegate A seasoned public relations professional, Jenna Cooper, APR, is Principal at JennaCooperPR. Her nose for news has transplanted her in television broadcast markets across the country including Boise, Austin, Atlanta and Seattle. Cooper has successfully woven her award-winning journalism skills together with high-profile public relations and communications positions, serving as a strategist […]

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  • Mark Mohammadpour, APR 

  • President-elect and Leadership Assembly Delegate An accredited member of PRSA, Mark is a senior communications strategist with more than 15 years experience. Currently, Mark is a vice president at Edelman in Portland.   In 2014, Mark was the Vice President of Public Relations for the PRSA Portland Metro Chapter and served on its board of directors. […]

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  • Megan Bauer

  • Director-at-Large – Events An Account Executive for the Hoffman Agency, Megan Bauer is a digital superstar with experience managing public relations campaigns ranging from small businesses to Microsoft. She supports the consumer practice, with expertise in content development, media relations, consumer engagement and social media.   Prior to Hoffman, Bauer worked at Liaison PR and […]

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  • Noelani Baker

  • Director-at-Large – Recognition A skilled nonprofit and health care communicator, Noe Baker has spent the last five years as the public relations and social media manager at the headquarters of the National Psoriasis Foundation. Prior to joining the Psoriasis Foundation in 2009, she was the Communications Manager for the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, and […]

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  • Patti Atkins, APR

  • Treasurer / Chief Financial Officer As a seasoned communications professional, Patti Atkins, APR provides an invaluable resource to clients as a manager, strategic planner and critical thinker. The former director of marketing and communications for Providence Seaside Hospital has decades of hands-on experience in public relations, marketing, internal communications, relationship management and advertising. Patti was […]

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  • Sylke Neal-Finnegan, APR

  • Chief Development Officer Sylke Neal-Finnegan joined the WCVA June 2007, and she currently oversees the WCVA’s marketing department, serves as editor-in-chief and is responsible for all marketing initiatives, including media relations, advertising and online content. An accredited public relations practioner with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies from the University of Nevada, Las […]

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  • Taraneh Fultz, APR

  • President and Leadership Assembly Delegate Taraneh Fultz, APR, got her start in public relations at the age of 17, when she was recruited by a publicist at Terry Hines and Associates who’d seen her using her high school newspaper’s film and television beat to build relationships with Bay Area film critics. That internship sparked a lifelong […]

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