The San Diego chapter was founded in 1959 by six local PR professionals. More than 50 years later, the chapter has expanded to include Imperial County and has grown to its current membership of approximately 300 members. Members represent a wide range of experience levels, and practice areas including corporate, agency, government, nonprofit and education.

The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of PRSA (PRSA SD/IC) offers a full range of programs and services organized by volunteer committees. These include, but are not limited to, professional development opportunities, a job board, bimonthly member newsletter, public service program, annual awards program, a new professionals group, social events and an accreditation (APR) program.

The chapter maintains a broad range of professional development activities to strengthen the professionalism of its members. Events are held nearly every month, featuring speakers and topic of professional interest.

The chapter is led by a board of directors consisting of the president, president-elect, secretary, treasurer, immediate past president, assembly delegate(s) and 10 directors-at-large.

PRSA firmly believes that professional integrity is based on sound and ethical practice. Upon joining the Society, each member agrees to adhere to PRSA’s Code of Professional Standards for the Practice of Public Relations.

PRSA SD/IC is one of more than 100 chapters within the Public Relations Society of America, the world’s largest and foremost organization of public relations professionals. PRSA SD/IC is a member of the national organization’s Western District, which includes nine other chapters: California Inland Empire, Colorado, Hawaii, Las Vegas Valley, Los Angeles, Orange County, Phoenix, Pikes Peak and Southern Arizona.

The chapter celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009.


PRSA’s Western District is a collection of ten chapters from California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Hawaii who are joined together to support professional development and help transform members into leaders through stipends for chapter programs, an annual regional conference and the Quick Start leadership program. District leaders facilitate idea sharing between each chapter’s board members with similar functions.

The District is also an important link between chapters and PRSA’s national organization. It boasts an outstanding record of national leadership – three national chairs in the last eight years have been from the Western District. For more information, please visit the District’s website.