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Phoenix Chapter

About Our Chapter


The Public Relations Society of America Phoenix Chapter serves a diverse community of professionals in the greater Phoenix area, empowering them to excel in effective, ethical and respectful communications on behalf of the organizations they represent and the constituencies they serve.


PRSA Phoenix advances the professional growth and careers of its members by providing:

  • Lifelong learning.
  • Vibrant, diverse and welcoming professional communities.
  • Recognition of capabilities and accomplishments.
  • Thought leadership, ethics and professional excellence.


The idea of a public relations society in the Valley originated in 1957. After initial organizing efforts, charter membership of 26 was approved at a meeting on March 8, 1957. The group, not affiliated with any national organization, was called the Public Relations Society of Phoenix.

Four years later, the Arizona Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America held its organizational meeting in September 1961. Tucson as well as Phoenix area professionals attended.

For more than two years, the two groups coexisted, with nearly identical membership lists, at least as far a Phoenix residents were involved. Finally, a joint meeting of the two Boards was held Jan. 3, 1964, to discuss a merger. The general membership of both groups later approved, and the formal merger was announced March 19, 1964.

In 1970, the Chapter split to more effectively serve its geographically dispersed membership. A new Southern Arizona Chapter was formed with 24 members. The surviving Arizona Chapter later (1974) changed its name to the Phoenix Chapter.

Over these past 40 years, the Phoenix Chapter and its predecessor organizations have built a proud history of serving the professional needs of its membership, rendering service to the community, pioneering ideas on the national scene and advancing the highest standards of the public relations profession.

This record culminated in the Chapter earning four “Banner Awards” - given to the outstanding local Chapter by PRSA national and the Silver Gavel award for outstanding Chapter planning. Phoenix was the first Chapter to ever establish such a record.


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