National Capital Chapter

Committees

Take Maximum Advantage of Your PRSA-NCC Membership by Getting Involved

Committees are the backbone of our chapter. Through each committee, our members improve their skills and practice of public relations while developing new and exciting chapter programs, exchanging ideas, and discussing topical issues with colleagues.

No experience? No problem! Committees are a great opportunity to try something new. Many of our committees offer virtual volunteer opportunities, so even if you live far from downtown D.C. or have a hectic work schedule, you can participate on your own schedule.

Accreditation & Continuing Education

The Accreditation & Continuing Education committee guides Washington, DC area communications professionals through the process of attaining the prestigious Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential. The profession’s only post-graduate certification, earning the APR demonstrates competency and a strong commitment to the profession. The committee organizes APR overview courses, prepares materials, and matches mentors throughout the year to help prepare candidates. Contact: Scott Elmore, Barbara Burfeind, and Susan Whyte Simon

Association/Nonprofit

The Association/Nonprofit committee supports communications professionals at nonprofits, associations, and other tax-exempt organizations as they work to raise funds, recruit volunteers, and promote organizational activities. Committee members plan and execute events that examine issues affecting the association industry, develop networks of practitioners in the nonprofit arena, and share best practices. Contact: Alysa Reich, Scott Ward, and Christie Phillips

Diversity & Inclusion

The Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Committee supports and identifies the D&I needs of PRSA-NCC. Committee members serve as ambassadors for diversity within the chapter, support the chapter in the execution of D&I strategic priorities, and share feedback and ideas for advancing the D&I throughout all levels of the chapter. Committee members also seek collaborative partnerships with organizations throughout the DMV area and work with the PRSA-NCC board to recommend strategies to foster a more inclusive culture. Contact: Diti Bhasin and Joesph Dawson

Ethics & Advocacy

PRSA-NCC is committed to ethical practices and building the case for strategic and effective public relations. All members have a special obligation to operate ethically by following the PRSA Code and Member Statement of Professional Values. Communications professionals set an example for each other – and others – through the pursuit of powerful standards of performance, professionalism and ethical conduct. The Ethics & Advocacy Committee looks at issues and concerns in the field in relationship to the PRSA Code of Ethics and advises the board of directors and membership. Contact: Chapter Ethics Officer Brigitte W. Johnson, APR

International

The International Committee connects practitioners and scholars who specialize in global strategic communications, international affairs, and media relations, and serves members interested in expanding their network of global public relations professionals and meeting new contacts–ranging from journalists to business professionals to diplomats–in the U.S and abroad. Committee members help organize and host events designed to educate members about important global trends and developments. Contact: Michelle “Mischa” Sindyukov and Sergei Samoilenko

Independent Public Relations Alliance (IPRA)

The Independent Public Relations Alliance (IPRA) committee is a network of experienced public relations consultants and owners of small firms (up to 5 people) who offer quality, value-driven communications and marketing services. IPRA hosts a monthly guest speaker luncheon series—open to anyone interested—to discuss topics that are most relevant to PR pros. IPRA also sponsors free, open PR Meet Ups around the metro-area for experienced PRSA-NCC members to gather, collaborate and share best practices, resources, tips and insights on running a small PR business. Contact: Pete Couste

Marketing and Communications

The Marketing and Communications (Marcomm) committee enhances the public face of the largest professional communications association in the United States by using traditional and digital media tools to increase awareness of and engagement with the chapter. Committee members help colleagues maximize the benefits of PRSA-NCC by promoting the value of membership as well as the various opportunities for education, networking, and visibility open to chapter members. Contact: Eric Young

Membership

The Membership Committee recruits, welcomes, engages and retains PRSA-NCC members. Through regular communication and networking events, the committee ensures that members are maximizing their investment and encourages them to meet and network with fellow colleagues to build relationships within the chapter’s diverse membership base. Contact: Kristin Gregory and Jenna Gregory

Mentorship

The Mentorship Committee is a resource to encourage and create successful mentor-mentee relationships within PRSA-NCC membership. Through these mentor matches, participants can gain insights, guidance, and empower their careers, allowing them to better navigate the waters of work life. Contact: Sultana F. Ali, APR and Chad Furst

New Professionals

The New Professionals Committee supports communications professionals with less than five years of full-time work experience. Committee members plan and host professional development and networking events designed to address the unique challenges communicators face early in their careers and position them for future success. Contact: Rebekah Mena and John Armstrong

Pro Bono & Community Support

The Pro Bono Committee supports the community by assisting a nonprofit organization with its public relations efforts, as an adjunct to an existing team or infrastructure, for a three-year engagement. The chapter’s current client, Mary’s Center, is a community center that provides health care and social services. To date, the Pro Bono Committee has provided Mary’s Center with services including media training, crisis management, coaching, social media analysis, and access to media monitoring and analytic tools. Contact: Carol Wilkerson

Professional Development

The Professional Development Committee develops and hosts educational events, workshops, and seminars designed for Washington, DC communicators with all levels of experience. Topics range from dealing with changes in traditional media to how to use emerging media tools and from marketing and communications strategies to managerial training and more. Committee members help organize at least one in-person or virtual event per year, pitch in with communications outreach, review event description write-ups, and help secure speakers. Contact: Robert Krueger and Patricia Nicastri

Public Affairs & Government

The Public Affairs and Government committee connects communications professionals who serve at all levels of government and branches of the military, as well as government contractors, consultants, and others who implement communications programs surrounding public policy or public safety issues. Committee members plan programs and events to grow the networks and foster the professional development of government and public affairs communicators in the Washington, DC region. Contact: Victoria Piccoli and Michael Keegan

Sponsorship

The Sponsorship Committee builds relationships with partners that invest financial and other resources to support the communications profession in the National Capital region. Committee members work with industry influencers to build relationships with potential sponsors and ensure that the organizations and individuals supporting the National Capital Chapter get as much benefit as possible from their support. Contact: Brendon Miller, APR and Wesley Walsh

Thoth Awards

The Thoth Awards Committee presents PRSA-NCC’s annual Thoth Awards program, which recognizes outstanding public relations programs and components developed and produced in the Greater Washington, DC area. Committee members solicit entries, oversee the judging process, assist in securing sponsors, plan and promote the award ceremony, and more. Contact: Sabrina Kidwai and Aprill Turner

University Relations

The University Relations Committee connects PRSA-NCC’s network of professionals to communications and marketing students interested in furthering their applied knowledge of the field. Primarily supporting the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapters in the Washington, DC area, committee members serve as mentors and help students reach their professional aspirations through tailored programming. Contact: Bradley Ingram and Laura Ambrosio

For more information on becoming involved in PRSA-NCC, please contact us at [email protected].

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