About the Puget Sound Chapter

 Contacts

Chapter President
Tim Smith, APR
tim.smith@edelman.com
or (206) 268-2272

Administrative Office
prsa-office@asi-seattle.net
or (206) 623-8632

  

The Puget Sound chapter of PRSA has served Western Washington for 53 years. We provide networking and professional development for our members while advancing the profession and fostering understanding within the communities we serve.

Public relations professionals in the Puget Sound region have played vital, strategic roles in business, government and education. We have helped launch commercial airliners and computer software, a World’s Fair and the Space Needle. We’ve strategized for major political figures and played critical roles in governments bringing change to the Pacific Northwest.

One of the 10 largest chapters in the country
Chapter membership has grown, too, from just 33 charter members in 1957 to nearly 400 today, making ours one of the 10 largest chapters in the country.

We are one of the busiest chapters in the nation, often with four or five programs or social events every month. We have everything from hour-long monthly programs to half- and full-day training opportunities.

Geographically diverse
The chapter is based in Seattle, but we offer programs as far north as Everett and as far south as Olympia. We have a strong contingent in the Tacoma area called the South Sound group that meets once monthly and also puts on socials.

The area’s top senior practitioners and up-and-coming young professionals guide the chapter. The Board of Directors oversees our chapter's committees and volunteers.

Above all we have fun. We understand how important community is to our profession. Hey, it’s even one of our values.

Our history reminds us that a cohesive, professional community is as important today as it was back then. Learn more about how and why Seattle-area PR professionals chartered the chapter back in 1957 on our history page.

Mission

Advancing the profession and the professional in the Puget Sound region.

We are committed to advancing the profession by promoting public relations as a management function and advocating its ethical practice. We are committed to engaging and enriching all levels of the public relations community with programs and services in which they can participate, learn and share.

Values

  • Advocacy. We foster productive public discourse by sounding a clear, consistent PRSA voice on the important issues of our region and time.
  • Community. We promote the active exchange of ideas with other communicators to enrich our clients and the public.
  • Diversity. We welcome people from diverse backgrounds and embrace the contributions we all make to the chapter and the profession. 
  •  Ethics. We require ethical practice from our members and advocate it throughout the profession.
  •  Leadership. We help develop leaders in the profession and provide opportunities to lead.
  • Professionalism. We encourage practitioners to strive for high standards through accreditation and other professional development programs.

About National PRSA
The Public Relations Society of America, based in New York City, is the world's largest organization for public relations professionals. The Society has nearly 32,000 professional and student members. PRSA is organized into more than 100 Chapters nationwide, 19 Professional Interest Sections and Affinity Groups, which represent business and industry, counseling firms, independent practitioners, military, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms and nonprofit organizations. The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) has nearly 300 Chapters at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Visit www.prsa.org for more information or to join.

National PRSA contact information
The Public Relations Society of America
33 Maiden Lane, 11th Fl., New York, NY 10038-5150
P: 212-460-1400 - F: 212-995-0757
www.prsa.org
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm Eastern

 

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