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.

Jon Silvan


Founding Partner and CEO

Global Strategy Group

Jon Silvan is Founding Partner and CEO of Global Strategy Group (GSG), recently named winner of Public Affairs Agency of the Year and Public Affairs Campaign of the Year by leading PR industry trade journal The Holmes Report. Recognized by PR Week’s Global Power Book as one of the most influential communications strategists in the U.S., Jon has guided GSG’s growth over the last 20 plus years from a boutique market research agency into a full-service public affairs firms with an award-winning team of over 100 professionals in five offices across the U.S.


Lee Caraher


Founder and CEO
Double Forte
Lee McEnany Caraher is the founder and CEO of Double Forte, a national public relations and digital media agency, based in San Francisco, that works with beloved consumer, technology, and wine brands. Lee is a highly sought after communications expert known for her business building acumen and insights.


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.

Board of Directors


Don Baer:

Chief Executive Officer, Burson-Marsteller


Julie Batliner:

President, Carmichael Lynch Relate


Dale Bornstein:

Chief Executive Officer, MBooth


Kimberly Eberl:

Chief Executive Officer, Motion PR


Sandra Fathi:

President & Founder, Affect


Nelson Fernandez:

Chairman, North America and Managing Director, New York, APCO Worldwide


Peter Finn:

Managing Partner, Finn Partners


Anne Green:

President & Chief Executive Officer, CooperKatz


Gail Heimann:

President, Weber Shandwick


Heidi Hovland:

Global Chief Executive Officer, Devries Global


Katrina Keyes:

President & Chief Executive Officer, K Strategies


Neil Mortine:

President & Chief Executive Officer, Fahlgren Mortine


Barri Rafferty:

Partner and President, Ketchum


Barby Siegel:

Chief Executive Officer, Zeno Group


Tonya Veasey:

President and CEO, OCG PR

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