PRSA Puget Sound

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Next Event: PRSA Puget Sound Chapter Annual Meeting – November 7, 2018,  5:30-7:30 p.m. in Seattle.


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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
(253) 677-2877


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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PRSA Puget Sound Chapter Well Represented at International Conference in Austin

The recent PRSA International Conference and Assembly Annual meeting was Oct. 6 – 9 in Austin, Tx. Warm, humid weather greeted the Puget Sound Delegates to the National Assembly! What looked to be a contentious and bitter Assembly battle...

Annual Meeting to Feature “The Role of the Media on the Administration’s Travel Ban”, Appoint New Board Members and Honor Awardees

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, the PRSA Puget Sound Chapter Annual Meeting, located at Art Marble 21 in Seattle from 5:30-7:30 p.m., will feature Washington State Solicitor General Noah Purcell as the evening's guest speaker. The Chapter will also honor local PR legends lost...

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...

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.


Join the Puget Sound Chapter Today

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. Adam Cochran


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It's a fact--Seattle's growing! Where's everyone coming from, and how will this growth impact Seattle, and your business? Join us Tuesday, January 8th 7-9 am for a great morning networking and program event--The New Seattle Research Report. It's fascinating! See you there!
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Take advantage of the money-saving Early Bird Discount now being offered for PRSA’s 2019 International Conference in sunny San Diego, Oct. 20-22, 2019! Register by Dec. 31, 2018 and get a full Conference package for only $995.
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Feedback Wanted! PRSA Puget Sound Chapter Members--we're asking for your input and feedback to a chapter survey to help us learn more about your wants, needs, and how we're doing. Please complete the member survey sent 12/6 and if you didn't receive it, please email Jacque Coe, APR at . Thanks, and we look forward to hearing your feedback and perspective! Photo Courtesy Nick Youngson.
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Don't miss out on your chance to recognize projects, programs, and practitioners that demonstrate excellence in the PR industry for the Puget Sound area.

Totem Awards Program and PR Professional of the Year Award submissions end December 1st! #PRSAPugetSound #Networking #PRSA
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A ton of connecting and fun at the PRSA Puget Sound Annual Meeting! Suzanne Hartman, APR Fellow PRSA and Annie Kuo were honored with awards, new board members were elected and more. If you're not a member, now's a great time to join with that amazing membership deal on this month. #PRSAPugetSound #Networking #PRSA
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Another special congratulations to Annie Kuo for receiving the Hugh Smith Community Service Award!

This award recognizes a Puget Sound area public relations professional who has demonstrated outstanding citizenship by contributing his/her public relations expertise to an important community issue and/or nonprofit organization(s

Annie Kuo is an Edelman and Ogilvy alum who volunteers extensively for RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. Volunteering has revived her career in the direction of social impact and is her way of paying it forward for becoming a mother against the odds. Annie actively raises infertility awareness and advocates for family-building legislation through media relations, writing, and public speaking.


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Develop more #PR connections in 2019 by registering now for PRSA’s 2019 International Conference in sunny San Diego. #PRpros who sign up for a full Conference package by Dec. 31, 2018 pay only $995 — don't miss out on this great deal! PRSAPugetSound photo
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Don't miss out on your chance to recognize projects, programs, and practitioners that demonstrate excellence in the PR industry for the Puget Sound area.

Totem Awards Program and PR Professional of the Year Award submissions end December 1st! #PRSAPugetSound #Networking #PRSA
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Help us celebrate outstanding public relations professionals in the Puget Sound. Nominations for the Totem Award end December 5th. #PRSA #PR #publicrelations #PRPro #Seattle
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Congratulations to Annie Kuo for receiving the Hugh Smith Community service award! Annie actively raises infertility awareness and advocates for family building legislation through media relations, writing, and public speaking.
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Congratulations for accepting the Jay Rockey Lifetime achievement award! Suzanne Hartman started one of the first environmental PR firms in the Puget Sound and is now one of the nations top 20 environmental practices. #PRSA #PR #publicrelations #PRpro #Seattle PRSAPugetSound photo
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Don't miss our #PRSAPugetSound Chapter's Annual Meeting & Networking Event, Wed. Nov 7 in #Seattle Vote, network & connect with peers. Open to members & no-members #PRSA #PR #PublicRelations

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