WASHINGTON, January 18, 2019 — Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR), a leading resource for female communications professionals in the nation’s capital, announced its 2019 Board of Directors. The 2019 Board is as follows:

  • President: Amanda Cate, American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Vice President: Sarah Beth Cloar, Edelman
  • Past President: Danielle Veira, A Better Chicago
  • Treasurer: Susan Matthews Apgood, News Generation, Inc.
  • Secretary: Julie Malveaux, communications professional
  • Sponsorship/ Partnership Chair: Avelyn Austin, REQ
  • Content Marketing Chair: Jennifer Dunn, Business Wire
  • Digital Marketing Chair: Christina Francisco, ASHP
  • Digital Engagement Chair: Kasey Lum Condra, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Emerging Leaders Awards Co-Chair: Sabrena Pringle, American Diabetes Association
  • Emerging Leaders Awards Co-Chair: Elynsey Price, Pearson
  • Membership Co-Chair: Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd, North American Insulation Manufacturers Association
  • Membership Co-Chair: Zorie Valchev, Novartis
  • Pro Bono Co-Chair: Carrie Johnson, Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • Pro Bono Co-Chair: Bonnie Piper, senior communications and public affairs specialist
  • Professional Development Co-Chair: Sarah Beccio, Indigecomms
  • Professional Development Co-Chair: Katherine Hurd, Baltz & Company
  • Woman of the Year Co-Chair: Taylor Leaming, Ketchum
  • Woman of the Year Co-Chair: Christin Lewis, Hilton

“With a year full of milestones for WWPR, including the 30th anniversary of the Woman of the Year Awards and 10th anniversary of the Emerging Leader Awards, this extraordinary group of women is poised to continue advancing the impact of this organization,” said Amanda Cate, 2019 WWPR President. “It is an incredible honor to lead this group of talented, diverse and accomplished women as WWPR continues to lead the way in providing signature programming, impactful professional development and meaningful networking for communications professionals.”

The board induction meeting featured a keynote by Leslie Crutchfield, author, social change expert, executive director of Georgetown University’s Global Social Enterprise Initiative at the McDonough School of Business, and adjunct professor teaching corporate social responsibility. Crutchfield, who authored “How Change Happens” in 2018, spoke about impactful and successful movements to create social and environmental change. An authority on social change, Crutchfield challenged attendees to continue to be forces for good especially today. “Movements matter today as much as they ever have,” she said. “Change doesn’t happen by chance.”

Throughout the year, WWPR will continue to host its annual professional development and networking events for female communicators at every stage of their careers, including two signature events: the Emerging Leader Awards and the PR Woman of the Year Awards.

Learn more about WWPR and upcoming events at www.wwpr.org


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. Visit us at wwpr.org, connect with us on LinkedIn and Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @WWPR and on Instagram @WWPRDC .

For more information contact:  info@wwpr.org