PRSA Hawaii was founded in 1947 and is one of six founding chapters of the Public Relations Society of America. The chapter's mission is to build value, understanding, and the demand for public relations professionals in Hawaii.
PRSA Hawaii is committed to advancing the standards of the public relations profession and supporting students and young practitioners who are developing skills in the field. Professional development seminars, informational forums, skills workshops, and monthly luncheon programs are offered to over 300 public relations professionals and students across the state.
PRSA Hawaii is a vibrant organization comprised of an active nucleus on Oahu, a progressive affinity group on Maui, and over 100 members across the state. The organization also mentors two Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapters at Hawaii Pacific University and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
The Hawaii chapter is one of 117 chapters grouped into 10 geographical districts.
Franziska Roessy is an account coordinator for the corporate and public affairs division at Stryker Weiner & Yokota Public Relations, Inc., serving accounts such as the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Kiewit Infrastructure West and Ward Centers.
Prior to joining SWAY, Franziska worked as a Legislative Aide for the Hawai‘i State Legislature in the House of Representatives. She also interned at the Chevron Corporation’s public affairs office at the Kapolei, HI refinery.
Franziska is a graduate of Moanalua High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts in public relations and communications with a minor in writing from Hawai‘i Pacific University. She is expecting to graduate with a Masters of communication and a certificate in mediation and conflict from HPU in May 2011. Franziska is currently a member of the Public Relations Society of America, serving as Membership Committee Co-Chair.
Membership CommitteeAs Membership Co-Chair, I am responsible in part for making sure that PRSA Hawaii acquires talented and energetic members who will contribute to the overall success of the chapter. This means growing members, retaining members, engaging members through committees and exciting programs, and providing opportunities for neighbor island folks to get more involved,