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 organization’s prestigious College of Fellows, an honorary organization within PRSA comprised of more than 350 senior practitioners and educators, each of whom has left a significant footprint on the public relations profession.

“Suzanne started one of the first environmental PR firms in the Puget Sound region,” states Karla Slate, President of the Puget Sound PRSA Chapter. “And when she sold the agency to Evans Group, a national agency, the agency’s environmental affairs groups, led by Suzanne, became one of the nation’s Top 20 environmental practice groups.”

Hartman also is known for her work with the City of Seattle to develop and promote the first citywide curbside recycling program in the U.S. with an unprecedented 70 percent voluntary sign-up in the first year.

She has won numerous national and international communication awards, including the coveted PRSA Silver Anvil and the International Association of Business Communicators Gold Quill. In 1992, she was selected as the Woman of the Year by the Totem Council of the Girl Scouts of America and she was named Puget Sound PRSA’s PR Professional of the Year in 2007.

Suzanne is one of 11 new Fellows who will be welcomed officially at a special ceremony and dinner on Oct. 6, immediately prior to the PRSA 2018 International Conference in Austin, Texas.

“The College of Fellows inductees exemplify excellence and leadership in our profession. They have each established a lasting legacy through their outstanding service as counselors, mentors and role models,” said PRSA 2018 National Chair Anthony D’Angelo, APR, Fellow PRSA. “I congratulate them and hope that their achievements will encourage all members of PRSA and PRSSA to ‘aspire higher’ in their own careers.”

Election to the College, which was created in 1989 as part of an initiative focused on the future of public relations, is considered the pinnacle of a professional’s career. Fellows are seen throughout PRSA and the profession serving in Chapter, District, Section and National leadership positions, mentoring students and professionals, and teaching and engaging in professional practice.

To qualify for admittance into the College of Fellows, the public relations practitioner or educator must have at least 20 years of experience, hold the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential and have demonstrated exceptional capability and accomplishment in the practice or teaching of public relations. Fewer than 2 percent of PRSA members are accepted into the College of Fellows.


About the Public Relations Society of America

PRSA is the nation’s largest professional organization serving the communications community. The organization’s mission is to make communications professionals smarter, better prepared and more connected through all stages of their career. PRSA achieves this by offering its members thought leadership and innovative lifelong learning opportunities to help them develop new skills, enhance their credibility and connect with a strong network of professionals. The organization sets the standards of professional excellence and ethical conduct for the public relations industry. PRSA collectively represents more than 30,000 members consisting of communications professionals spanning every industry sector nationwide and college and university students who encompass the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Learn more about PRSA at




Media Contact Information:

Rod Granger, Director of Public Relations & Communications, PRSA, 212-460-0307,

Janelle Guthrie, APR, Fellow PRSA, PRSA Puget Sound Chapter Board member, 360-561-4184,