PRSA Portland Metro Chapter

Oregon Public Relations Leader Frank Grady Named 2014 PRSA Ron Schmidt Community Involvement Award Recipient


Sep 14


Sept. 5, 2014
For additional information:
Mark Mohammadpour, APR
PRSA Portland Metro Chapter
(360) 609-1077


Oregon Public Relations Leader Frank Grady
Named 2014 PRSA Ron Schmidt Community Involvement Award Recipient

PRSA to Honor Grady’s Contributions to Public Relations at October 16 Spotlight Awards ceremony in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. – Frank Grady, founder of Grady Britton creative agency, is the 2014 Ron Schmidt Community Involvement Award recipient for his lifelong impact in Oregon and Southwest Washington. The annual award is presented by the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Portland Metro Chapter.

Grady will be honored at the PRSA Spotlight Awards, held on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Leftbank Annex, 101 N. Weidler St., Portland. Information and registration are available at

The Ron Schmidt Community Involvement Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to multiple projects or initiatives that had a significant community impact. It honors an outstanding leader who has helped improve his or her community through public relations efforts and achievements. The chapter’s Awards of Distinction Committee reviews nominations for the Ron Schmidt Community Involvement Award based on the award criteria and guidelines. 

Grady has demonstrated commitment to his community over the past 40 years, helping Portland-area nonprofits meet their fundraising and awareness goals through marketing and public relations campaigns. He has worked with organizations, including Clark College, Community Warehouse, Oregon Historical Society, The Salvation Army and others to connect with donors, volunteers, and the populations they serve. In 2008, Grady launched the Grady Britton grant, pledging $25,000 worth of his agency’s services to a deserving Portland-area nonprofit every year.

“The work that I do on behalf of nonprofits is the natural thing to do for our community,” said Grady. “Providing strategy, PR and marketing that benefits those in need is good for our community and a joy for me.”

Grady is the founder and chair of Grady Britton, a marketing/advertising and public relations agency established in Portland in 1974. Over nearly 40 years, the agency has supported national brands including Daimler/Freightliner, Xerox and Intel. The agency is also focused on building regional and local brands to support growth in Portland and the Northwest, balancing its roster with clients like Travel Portland, Port of Vancouver, and Clean Energy Works of Oregon.

Ron Schmidt: Raising Awareness, Conscience and Commitment

This award is named after Ron Schmidt, a regional and national leader in public relations. The Oregonian once noted, “For nearly 30 years, as an aide to [Oregon Gov. Tom] McCall then as the owner of the state’s biggest and most influential public relations firm, [Ron] Schmidt stood at the center of public policy in business, government and the arts.” Schmidt served nationally on the President’s Commission on the Arts and the board of directors of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Former Oregon Gov. Barbara Roberts said, “He raised our awareness, conscience and commitment. He committed his entire life to helping Oregon become the best it could be.”

Ron Schmidt Community Involvement Award Honorees

2014 – Frank Grady

2013 – Carole Morse

2012 – Katlin Smith, APR

2011 – Friends of Trees

2010 – Ron Arp

2009 – Sharon Harmon

2008 – No award

2007 – No award

2006 – Sue Van Brocklin

2005 – Mike Lindberg

2004 – Greg Robeson

2003 – Kathrin Larson Youngberg

2002 – Columbia River Maritime Museum

2001 – Legacy Emanuel Hospital

1993 – Ray Leary

About PRSA’s Portland Metro Chapter

Serving 240 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.

The Portland Metro Chapter is led by an all-volunteer board of professionals from across the region. Signature events include the annual Spotlight Awards, honoring excellence in public relations, and the Communicators Conference, held in partnership with the Oregon-Columbia chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.

The Portland Metro Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is one of 111 PRSA chapters across the country. Information about the chapter is available at



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