The PR Council brings together a team of leading PR professionals with the common goal of fostering connections among clients, professionals and academia.

Executive Committee


Matt Harrington


Global Chief Operating Officer


Matthew Harrington leads global operations for Edelman, a leading global communications marketing firm that partners with many of the world’s largest and emerging businesses and organizations, helping them evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. A 25-year Edelman veteran, Matthew is a specialist in corporate positioning and reputation management. His expertise includes crisis communications, merger and acquisition activity and IPOs.


Todd Hansen



O’Malley Hansen Communications

Todd Hansen has extensive experience in enhancing and protecting reputations and building brands. His background includes developing and leading projects in media relations, marketing communications, employee engagement, interactive outreach, executive speaking opportunities and community relations. During his career, Todd has provided counsel to companies including Sara Lee, Hanesbrands, Dunkin’ Brands, PepsiCo, Gatorade, McDonald’s, SBC Communications, Office Depot and Deere & Company.


Carrie Jones



JPA Health Communications

Carrie Jones is a veteran health communications specialist. Her background blends extensive expertise in public relations and issue advocacy with a unique understanding of global healthcare issues. She has been on the forefront of developing the unique practice area known as “influencer relations.” JPA’s influencer relations’ model – which leverages five domains for successful communications (media, advocacy, policy makers, medical experts and social media) – has been recognized for its ability to deliver meaningful results.


Renee Wilson


Renee Wilson was appointed the third PR Council president in January 2016. Her primary responsibility is to advocate on behalf of the PR Council’s 100-plus member firms, and the overall profession. Previously, Renee spent 11 years at MSLGROUP, most recently as a member of the global board of directors; and as the firm’s Chief Client Officer, serving as liaison with senior clients and the agency’s international client engagement program, which she created. She was also the President of MSLGROUP in North America from 2012 – 2014. Prior to MSLGROUP, Renee spent four years working in London for Hill & Knowlton. During this time she managed the EMEA communications for brands within Kellogg’s and Johnson & Johnson. Renee was president of the 2014 PR jury for the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and served on one other Cannes Jury in 2011.

Tier 2 Liason

Virginia Devlin



Tier 3 Liason

Carrie Jones


JPA Health Communications

Board of Directors

Don Baer: Chief Executive Officer, Burson-Marsteller

Dale Bornstein: Chief Executive Officer, MBooth

Sandra Fathi: President & Founder, Affect

Anne Green: President & Chief Executive Officer, CooperKatz

Gail Heimann: President, Weber Shandwick

Heidi Hovland: Global Chief Executive Officer, Devries Global

Brad MacAfee: Chief Executive Officer & Senior Partner, Porter Novelli

Daryl McCullough: Chief Executive Officer & Global Chairman, Citizen Relations

Matt Neale: Co-President, Golin

Barri Rafferty: Partner and President, Ketchum

Ron Sachs: President & Chief Executive Officer, Sachs Media Group

Jon Silvan: Founding Partner & Chief Executive Officer, Global Strategy Group

Stuart Smith: CEO, Ogilvy PR

Tonya Veasey: President and CEO, OCG PR

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