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About PRSA Puget Sound

Welcome to the Chapter that Serves Public Relations Professionals throughout Western Washington

PRSA Puget Sound Chapter

The Puget Sound Chapter of PRSA serves public relations professionals throughout Western Washington. Based in Seattle, we are one of the 10 largest chapters in the country. There’s always something going on. Check us out today!

The Puget Sound chapter of PRSA has served Western Washington for 60 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.

Karla Slate, APR

Karla Slate, APR

Chapter President
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We promote the active and respectful exchange of ideas with other communicators to enrich ourselves, our clients and the public.


We help develop leaders in the profession and provide opportunities to lead.


We encourage practitioners to strive for high standards through accreditation and other professional development programs.

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Whether you are looking to enhance your professional knowledge and skills, network with area practitioners, or showcase your professional talents, we have the event for you! We have everything from hour-long monthly programs to half- and full-day training opportunities.

The chapter is based in Seattle, but we offer programs for professionals from 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. And, we’re working on developing events on the Eastside.

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Meet the President

Karla Slate, APR – Puget Sound Chapter President

Tell us about your role and responsibilities.

In my position as the communications and marketing manager at the City of Covington my main role and responsibilities are to develop and deliver the city’s messages, cultivate and foster relationships with our constituents, and grow and manage public perception of the city. On some days this means I am writing press releases or working with local media, and other days I can be found planning and managing city events from public meetings to festivals. I am also a member of the city’s leadership team, act as the city’s public information officer and serve as in-house graphic designer. Like most of us in PR get to say – I do a little bit of everything! 

How did you get started in PR?

I pursued my degree in communications, knowing that it was the industry I wanted to work in. I ultimately graduated with an emphasis in advertising, but when I entered the workforce, I quickly realized that I wanted to be a part of earning the public’s trust and helping to shape their opinions about my organization through relationship-building and storytelling rather than trying directly to sell products and services. My first job with a major PR component was working for a local architecture firm in which I conducted media relations, client and business outreach, and internal communications.

What is the best tool, app, website, book, or other resource that other PR pros MUST check out?

Working for a small public agency, I am often working on a minimal (or non-existent) budget. I rely on a few free web services like Google Alerts and Google Analytics. Public records management is also critical (and a legal requirement) for public agencies like mine and I subscribe to Archive Social to handle all of our social media account archiving. But, ultimately, my go to resource is my AP Stylebook! When it comes down to it, you cannot be successful in PR without proficiency in written communication.

Where do you find inspiration?

I know this will sound like a plug to recruit judges (shameless, I know!) but I honestly get so much inspiration by reviewing PRSA chapter award entries. Serving as an award judge for reciprocal chapters and as a Totem award committee member, I get to see some of the best examples of public relations work locally and across the country. You get to see the real inner workings of a campaign, not just the finished product. I learn about the most creative tactics and get inspiration for my own work this way.

When you’re not working, where can we find you?

I really enjoy participating in local community events as either an attendee or a volunteer. You might find me enjoying a beer and wine tasting event or volunteering to run a local craft fair or fundraiser. I spend a lot of time with my huge extended family and there is never a dull moment! And when I have the time, I love taking weekend road trips like a short jaunt to the coast, a football game at my alma mater (go Cougs!), or a camping trip to the family cabin.

2018 Ethics Month – September

PRSA’s Ethics Month is a time to reflect and reinvent. This year’s theme: PR Ethics Counsel:  Be Prepared. At a time when every day can bring a new ethical challenge, there’s never been a better time to go back to the old adage: Always be prepared. The PRSA Board of...

PRSA to Induct Suzanne Hartman APR into its Prestigious College of Fellows in 2018

Suzanne Hartman is a 30-year member of the Puget Sound Chapter of PRSA SEATTLE — The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) has announced the election of Suzanne Hartman, Corporate Communications Manager at Chelan Public Utility in Wenatchee, Wash., into the...

A 2018 Outlook on Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

by Judith Harrison, Angela K. Chitkara & LaTricia Woods, APR - PRsay is featuring posts by a variety of thought leaders on the year ahead for communicators and the PR profession. These thoughts on diversity and inclusion first appeared in the January issue of...

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Now more than ever, networking is crucial. The communications industry is changing rapidly. The job market is flooded with talent. Everyone’s looking for the competitive edge.

Puget Sound PRSA can help you establish a reputation in an increasingly competitive world.
Join the nearly 400 communications professionals in the Puget Sound area who have taken advantage of the resources of PRSA to better their careers and gain the recognition you deserve as a leader in the public relations industry.

PRSA National membership options are based on your experience in the PR industry. Dues start as low as $60 for those with less than two years experience. Join today!

When you join PRSA National, remember to join our Puget Sound Chapter ($55) to become visibly engaged locally while expanding your circle of colleagues and contacts.

I joined PRSA because I’ve been employed in the industry for a year and didn’t want to get left in the dust by my peers. I feel it’s necessary to stay up-to-date with current trends and things happening in this profession and thought joining PRSA would be a great way to do just that. I’m happy I finally joined and know it will be a great way to continue my education.

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Jay Rockey and Hugh Smith--Big names that symbolize a commitment to the PR profession and community. Know a colleague who epitomizes professionalism and community service? Nominations close Monday for the PRSA Jay Rockey Lifetime Achievement Award and the PRSA Hugh Smith Community Service Award. Visit for details and easy nominations and a list of past recipients like Derek Wing--featured here! .
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Fun time tonight at Diamond Knot BrewPub for PRSA After Hours.
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Puget Sound NorthEnd PR Pros! Join us tonight for a great PRSA After Hours at Diamond Knot BrewPub in Montlake Terrance. Free, fun, social and no-host, this is open to non-members and members alike. PRSA leaders like Neil Neroutsos, APR, Tim Smith, APR, Karla Slate, APR and more for conversations over a cold one. The turnout for these relaxed socials have been building; hope to see you there!
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Know a PR Super Hero who's used their talents to help others? Let's recognize them! Nominations for the PRSA Hugh Smith Community Service Award close in ten (10) days!
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Wow! What a turnout last night in Olympia at Swing Café & Wine Bar! Those South Sound PR peeps rock! Join us for the next PRSA After Hours Tuesday 9/18 in Mountlake Terrance at Diamond Knot BrewPub with Neil Neroutsos, APR, Karla Slate, APR & more! Free and open to all. See ya there!
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Olympia PR Pros--Hope you join us Thursday (9/13) night for the next PRSA After Hours at Swing Cafe' & Wine Bar in Olympia. Conversations with Karla Slate, Cindy Escalante Sharpe, Alicia Lawver and others were fun at last nights' event at Harmon Brewing in Tacoma. Fun starts when you arrive.


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Puget Sound PR Pros--Deadline Alert! Monday's the due date for nominations for PRSA's Jay Rockey Lifetime Achievement Award & the Hugh Smith Community Service Award. Nominations are easy at Bring it on & honor a PR hero!
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Don't miss our PRSA After Hours today, 5:30pm at Cask & Trotter South Lake Union Grab a colleague and join us for a casual social after work to connect with colleagues and network #PRSA #PRpro #publicrelations #Seattle PRSAPugetSound photo
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Thanks for attending our #Mobile workshop presented by Ann Wylie on Tuesday. We hope you found it informative and useful. See you at our next event! #PRSA #PRpro PRSAPugetSound photo
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Don't miss our "How to Write for #Mobile" workshop tomorrow 9am Best practices, tips & tricks for writing for mobile devices. You can register today by calling (206) 623-8632 or tomorrow at the door #PRSA #publicrelations #Seattle #Tacoma #socialmedia
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Getting your word out in a #mobile world. Don't miss this "Writing for Mobile" workshop with @AnnWylie, Aug 14, 9am. Best practices, tips & tricks for writing for mobile devices. Register now: #PRSA #publicrelations #PRpro #Seattle #Tacoma #socialmedia PRSAPugetSound photo

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