The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), headquartered in New York City, is the world’s largest professional organization for public relations practitioners. The Society’s more than 21,000 members represent business and industry, counseling firms, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms and nonprofit organizations.
Since it was chartered in 1948, PRSA has continued to provide a forum for addressing issues affecting the profession, and the resources for promoting the highest professional standards. It offers unequalled opportunities for improvement of skills and advancement of knowledge, as well as for exchange of information and experiences with other public relations professionals. The Society also firmly believes that professional integrity is based on sound and ethical practice. Members of PRSA adhere to a Code of Professional Standards for the Practice of Public Relations.
PRSA has 110 chapters throughout the United States, grouped into ten geographical districts. Chapter representatives in each district elect a district chair, who serves as a link among chapters, Board of Directors and staff. PRSA’s Board of Directors sets the strategic direction and policy for the Society and approves budgets and programming. The Board also appoints volunteers to national committees, boards and task forces, whose members work with staff to carry out PRSA’s mission. The Assembly, with delegates representing Chapters, Sections and Districts, sets dues, amends bylaws and elects the officers and directors-at-large. PRSA is also composed of 15 Professional Interest Sections. Sections offer members the opportunity to explore issues and concerns unique to their fields of specialization.