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Our DE&I Goals for 2021

Over the last year, PRSA, the Maryland chapter, and our industry as a whole have made incredible strides in the incorporation of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. The DE&I committee spent significant time over the last few months conducting research and interviews with folks in our industry and beyond, carefully considering the ways that our DE&I goals can best serve our members.

Our goal for 2021 is to create tools and educational opportunities that will allow you, as members to incorporate these essential pillars into your daily work for the organizations you serve. We plan to offer several programs that will allow you to learn different topics like the need for equitable internships and how to use inclusive language in your communications plans. We’ll introduce you to diverse media outlets that could prove to be useful contacts for your work. And, we plan to offer resources about anti-racism and how to get started on your own journey. In addition, we will create educational toolkits for members to reference at any time to ensure that their efforts are truly inclusive.

In addition to these educational efforts for members, it is also essential that we, the leaders of PRSA Maryland, incorporate standards and practices that promote equity. We are making a concentrated effort to use our platforms to elevate the voices of underrepresented groups in our profession. You can expect to hear from experts who have diverse backgrounds at all of our panels and events. We are also going to elevate minority-owned businesses by hiring them for events and by providing a resource for our members who would like to expand their own vendor base.

We appreciate your continued support on these endeavors and ask that you hold us accountable. We welcome your feedback! If you have ideas, suggestions, or even criticisms, we are ready to hear them. Please feel free to email us directly at mmiles@weinbergharris.com or kalethajanori@gmail.com  


Kaletha Henry & Mary Miles


PRSA MD 2021 President’s Welcome Message

Happy New Year and welcome to the 2021 programming year. I trust that your holiday celebrations were great and that you and your families are well and are staying safe.

David Marshall
PRSA MD President

Thank you for being a member of PRSA MD. We so appreciate you engaging in our great profession by maintaining your membership. Check out our welcome message for the year.

I would like to thank our rock star team for its service on the 2021 Board. Board members are already hard at work to bring value to your membership.

Tuesday, January 19, the board will meet for the first time to start planning for our 2021 programming. It is our hope that by the fourth quarter we may be able to have some safe in-person events, but we will have to wait for health experts to give us guidance. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, we will program the “old-fashioned way” on Zoom, still looking out for some hybrid opportunities along the way.

I want to express our gratitude to our Immediate Past President Lisa Brusio Coster for her amazing leadership of the 2020 Board. She guided us with grace and precision through a very tough year. We owe her a big debt of gratitude. Hats off to the other members of the 2020 Board. Thank you for setting up the organization for success this new year.

Last week, we solicited your advice for the new year via a start-up survey. We appreciate those who responded. Please find the survey results here.

One thing for sure, we already know that we want to highlight more of your activities in 2021. If you would like us to profile you or if you would like to share some of your amazing work that we could all learn from, please let us know by emailing info@prsamd.org.

Of course, we welcome your expertise to volunteer on committees. There is room for you right now.
Thanks again for being a member of PRSA MD. Best of luck in 2021 to you, your clients, and your teams.


David Marshall
PRSA MD President

Maryland Chapter of Public Relations Society of America Announces 2021 Board of Directors

BALTIMORE (12/17/2020)— The Public Relations Society of America Maryland Chapter (PRSA Maryland), the leading organization serving communications and public relations professionals in central Maryland, has announced its 2021 president, executive committee, and board of directors.

The chapter elected David Marshall, Ph.D., APR as 2021 President. Marshall is professor and chair of The Department of Strategic Communication at Morgan State University. Since joining the board of directors this year he served as nominations chair and coordinator of awards judging for a sister PRSA chapter competition. He also recruited and onboarded the chapter’s first diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) co-chairs whose roles have since been elevated to board level positions.

In 2019, PRSA Maryland named Marshall Educator of The Year at the annual Best in Maryland competition. He has been active with PRSA National and The PR Council on plans to create diverse pipelines of talent by encouraging agencies to increase their recruitment efforts at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

“I am very honored to serve in this role,” said Marshall. “We have an incredible opportunity in 2021 to help inform major issues facing our sector from COVID-19 business recovery to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. I am excited to work with this incredibly talented board and explore ways to strengthen our members so they can continue to provide high-level outcomes for their clients and companies.”

The 2021 PRSA Maryland board of directors consists of:

Executive Committee

President: David Marshall, Ph.D., APR, Professor and Chair, Department of Strategic Communication, Morgan State University

Vice President: Emily McDermott, Director, Van Eperen

Secretary: Tracy Imm, M.S., M.B.A., Founder Tracy Imm Worldwide, LLC

Treasurer: Renata Allen, M.B.A., Director, Scheduling & Events, Baltimore City Community College

Immediate Past President: Lisa Brusio Coster, M.A., President, Coster Communications, Ltd.


Nikki Bracy, M.S.M., PR & Social Media Supervisor, Planit

Jeffrey A. Davis, APR, Principal, J. Davis Public Relations, LLC

Laurie Farrell, President and Owner, Mission Street Communications

Melanie Formentin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Public Relations, Towson University

Dianna Fornaro, M.A, APR, Senior Communications Specialist, Chesapeake Employers’

Insurance Company

Kaletha Henry, M.F.A., Owner/Director, Be Local Go Global

Lisa Lance, M.A., Director of Communications and Marketing, Accreditation Board for

Engineering and Technology (ABET)

Tia Malloy, M.S., Communication Strategist, Applied Development LLC

Mary Miles, PR & Digital Strategist, Weinberg Harris & Associates

Anthony Naglieri, M.P.A., Chief of Staff & Head of Communications, Petal

Phillip Yerby, Group Manager, Weber Shandwick

Assembly Delegates serve as the chapter’s representatives at PRSA Leadership Assembly, and the liaison between the Society and Chapter:

Cathy E. Nyce, M.A., Director, Marketing and Communications, Maryland Auto Insurance

Kenneth R. Smith, APR, Director, Global Sales and Strategy Communications, Boeing

In 2021, PRSA Maryland will continue to offer its well-received professional development programs, in addition to its signature events: The annual Maryland Conference and The Best in Maryland Awards.

–Industry News