Washington Women in Public Relations announced its 2021 WWPR Board of Directors and named Christina Francisco, above, president. According to WWPR, with these women at the helm, “we know WWPR will be successful in reaching its mission to create a member-based professional society that cultivates and inspires female communicators to reach their full potential in the DC market and beyond.”

The full board includes:

  • President — Christina Francisco (ASHP, Director, Digital Marketing and Strategy)
  • Vice President — Jacqueline Wilson (Stratacomm, Vice President)
  • Past President — Sarah Beth Cloar (Under Armour, Senior Director, Global Brand Communications)
  • Secretary — Julie Malveaux (Communications Consultant)
  • Treasurer — Susan Matthews Apgood (News Generation, Inc, Executive Vice President, Client Engagement & Founder of News Generation, Inc.)
  • Content Marketing Co-Chair — Melinda Tolliver (North Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Senior Manager, Digital Strategy)
  • Content Marketing Co-Chair — Lillie Zeng (USDA, Public Affairs Specialist)
  • Creative Direction/Design Chair — Amber Lopez (ILMA, Director of Marketing)
  • Digital Marketing Chair — Florence Sumaray (Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI), Vice President, Marketing and Communications)
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Chair — K. Kim Atterbury (Recording Industry Association of America® (RIAA), Senior Vice President, Media Relations)
  • Emerging Leaders Awards Co-Chair — Jennifer Dunn (News Direct Corp., Vice President, Regional Sales)
  • Emerging Leaders Awards Co-Chair — Erika Dyer (Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) at United States House of Representatives, Communications Director)
  • Membership Co-Chair — Ianthe Metzger (The Collective PAC, Communications Director)
  • Membership Co-Chair — Stephanie Miceli (The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Media Relations Officer)
  • Pro Bono Co-Chair — Elynsey Price (Marriott International, Manager, Media Relations)
  • Pro Bono Co-Chair — Zorie Valchev (Novartis, PAC Manager)
  • Professional Development Co-Chair — Stephanie Wight (JPA Health, Account Supervisor)
  • Professional Development Co-Chair — Emily O’Brien (Delta Dental Plans Association, Director Of Strategic Communications)
  • Social Media Chair — Chelsea Echavarria (ICF Next, Health Communications Manager)
  • Sponsorship/Partnership Chair — Avelyn Austin (REQ, Executive Vice President, Strategy & Development)
  • Woman of the Year Co-Chair — Hillarie Turner (Van Eperen, Vice President)
  • Woman of the Year Co-Chair — Colleen Gallagher (Curley Company, Vice President)

Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR) is a member-based professional society cultivating and inspiring female communicators to reach their full potential in the DC market and beyond. The organization is committed to providing leadership opportunities, professional development, mentorship and industry networking.

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