Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR) named Susan Waldman, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of Meals on Wheels America, the 2021 Woman of the Year. Established in 1990, this award program recognizes women who have raised the bar in the communications field and paved the way for the future of the profession.

According to a release: “Throughout her communications career, Waldman has been at the center of transformational decision making on behalf of her consulting clients and in her client-side roles. She has led strategic communications planning, branding, advertising, marketing and public relations initiatives for organizations like Discovery, Disney, Verizon, Northwest Airlines, NASA, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.”

In her current role, Waldman has driven national campaigns that forged significant increases in brand attributes and awareness; turned a federal budget threat into one of the largest budget increases ever awarded; recruited nearly 250,000 new volunteers and supporters; and most recently, raised unprecedented emergency relief funding in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meals on Wheels America is the leadership organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger.

“We are thrilled to honor Susan for her dynamic and strong leadership, professionally and personally, amidst the challenging past year,” said Christina Francisco, WWPR President. “WWPR is proud to recognize the achievements of Susan and the other finalists and we look forward to what they will achieve in the future.”

Brenda Foster, Senior Vice President of Vanguard Communications, and Carrie Fox,  Founder and CEO of Mission Partners, Benefit LLC, were also honored as 2021 Woman of the Year finalists.

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