PRSA Portland Metro Chapter

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Fast Facts

•  Chapter Started: 1960

•  2014 Chapter President: Barbara Kerr, APR

•  Region: Portland-Metro and SW Washington (including Vancouver, Gresham, Hillsboro, Beaverton)

•  Number of Members: 230

•  Number of Events in a year: 8-10

•  Key Events: Communicators Conference (Spring), Spotlight Awards (Fall)

•  Online:; @PRSAPDX;

About Us

The Chapter’s mission is “to advance the art and science of public relations in the public interest” by supporting our members and communities. PRSA Portland Metro Chapter was formed in 1960 and today is one of the most active PRSA chapters in the nation serving more than 230 public relations professionals in the Portland-metro area, including Southwest Washington. Of those, more than one fifth are Accredited in Public Relations (APR).

What is PRSA?

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is the world’s largest and foremost organization of public relations professionals with a community of more than 21,000 members across the United States.

Who are we?

From recent college graduates to the leaders of the world’s largest multinational firms, PRSA members represent nearly every practice area and professional and academic setting within the public relations field. In addition to the 21,000 members across the U.S., there are more than 10,000 students who are members of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) at colleges and universities here and abroad.

The PRSA Portland Metro Chapter includes members from a number of marketing and communications agencies and independent consultants, as well as those representing Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, non-profits and everything in-between.

What do we do?

PRSA provides professional development, sets standards of excellence and upholds principles of ethics for its members and, more broadly, the multi-billion dollar global public relations profession. We also advocate for greater understanding and adoption of public relations services, and act as one of the industry’s leading voices on the important business and professional issues of our time.

Every year, the chapter hosts a number of networking events, as well as those that allow for professional development, including “Meet the Media.” Our membership also has a couple sub-groups: New Pros, designed for professionals just starting in public relations, and Masterminds, those who have been in the industry for more than 15 years. Both groups have their own events that allow for networking and learning opportunities.

How do I get involved?

If you want to volunteer to help support the PRSA chapter mission, please contact our volunteercoordinator, Natalie Middleton,


How can I find out more about you online?

•  We’re online at




• Newsletters: email

To get the maximum value from my membership, how do I…

Update my contact information?

Go to our national website: Once you’re logged in, click on “My Profile” in the right-hand column.  On your profile page, click on the appropriate “edit” buttons to update your information. After you’ve made your changes, just click on “submit.”  That’s all there is to it.  Your updated information will be automatically shared with our chapter.

find our member directory?

Once again, go to our national website:  Once you’re logged in, click on “My Networking Tools” in the right-hand column.  You’ll see a number of  search options.  To search for Portland Metro Chapter members, click on the drop-down arrow under “Chapter.”  Scroll down.  Click on “Portland Metro Chapter” then click on “go.”  Our member directory will appear. You can also use this tool to search for members in other chapters.

search for a job?

On the Portland Metro Chapter site, visit the PRemiere blog for the latest local postings.  On the national site, visit their Job Center.  Through our national website, you can sign up for their RSS feeds. You can also follow the Job Center on Twitter: @PRSAjobcenter.

find out about PRSA webinars?

Go to the national website and visit their Online Training section.

learn more about my member benefits?

Visit the Member Benefits section on our national website.

connect with my local peers and colleagues?

PRSA Portland Metro offers several events every month, from educational seminars to networking activities. These are great opportunities to meet, mix and mingle with local colleagues. Check out our calendar for upcoming dates and registration info.

Have another question for our “How do I” guide?

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