Why PRSA? Maria is a San Diego native and has been involved with PRSA for more than 11 years – dating back to the early 2000s when she was a member of PRSSA in Honolulu. She believes it is vital to belong to a professional development organization, to learn industry best practices and network among peers. PRSA offers all of this and more. Expanding involvement with the organization by serving on the San Diego/IC chapter’s board allows her to give back to the local community of public relations professionals, influence camaraderie and help expand her leadership skills.
Maria McGregor is manager of communications for BAE Systems Ship Repair, a leading provider of non-nuclear ship repairs, modernization, conversion and overhaul for government and commercial customers.
Prior to joining BAE Systems, Maria served as corporate communications manager for Sempra Energy. Before Sempra, she was the enterprise communications specialist for the legal and compliance departments for Southern California Edison. Prior to that, she was the nuclear communications specialist at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). One of her favorite moments of that position was in 2013, when she represented SONGS in Washington D.C. as part of the North American Young Generation in Nuclear association to lobby for nuclear energy.
Previously, Maria was the marketing manager for Neopost USA, based in Poway, California, where she planned and produced a product symposium that resulted in $150,000 in sales. From 2009 to 2010, she resided in Perth, Australia, and worked in the development and media department for an international non-profit organization. From 2006 to 2009, she was an account executive for Becker Communications, a leading public relations agency in Honolulu, where she produced and executed public relations plans for various clients in industries such as airlines, education, gasoline marketers, luxury jewelry, music, non-profits, restaurants, retail, technology, and travel and tourism.
Maria earned a bachelor of arts degree in public relations from Hawaii Pacific University where she graduated magna cum laude and served as the HPU Campus for Christ ministry’s vice president.