NAME: Ryan Narramore, APR
JOB/POSITION: Marketing and Communications Manager
COMPANY: Southwest Human Development
EDUCATION/DEGREE: Master’s degree in Strategic Public Relations from The George Washington University; Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising from Northern Arizona University
YEARS AS A PRSA MEMBER: 12 years
What attracted you to public relations and communications?
I declared PR as my major on Day 1 of undergrad. I thought it was going to be red carpets and glam. As we know, it’s certainly not. But I’m glad I hung on. It’s a pretty amazing gig to be able to create change, influence opinions and educate folks about the things we work on.
What do you wish you’d known when you started in PR/Communications?
I think the most helpful advice would have been knowing the importance of buy-in and making sure that your C-suite feels included and a part of the process. What I mean is truly including them in the planning so they feel heard and that their thoughts and ideas are part of the strategy.
You have served on the PRSA PHX for quite some time and now you are transitioning to be a board member of PRSA Western District. What do you bring to this new role?
I’ve been fortunate to serve as the Phoenix Chapter’s Western District representative for the past two years. Now that I’ve reached my term limits with our Phoenix chapter, I’m proud to be able to represent us as the chair-elect of the Western District board. The collaboration of the 11 Western District chapters is very motivated to improve chapter leadership, increase access to tools and resources, and identify the future leaders of PRSA nationally. I’m honored and excited to be a part of that process.
Having served on the board of our local chapter, what advice or suggestions do you want to share with the new, incoming board members?
First off, I’d encourage all of our Phoenix Chapter members to get involved with our local board. PRSA Phoenix doesn’t have paid staff and solely operates on a 15-person working board of directors. We can use all the help we can get to make our chapter both fun and educational. For our new board members, I’d just remind them that our chapter is what we make it. Members reap the benefits of what they contribute to the greater good of our organization. I’m looking forward to a lot of great programming this coming year.
Aside from your PRSA duties, you also have a regular job. Tell us about it.
Southwest Human Development is an impactful and amazing early childhood nonprofit! It really focuses on all-things for kids ages 0 to 5 (except medical). Everything from child development and mental health, to disabilities services and early literacy, to Head Start and child welfare – this organization to almost everything to help young kids have a great start in life. I’ve been with this organization for almost eight years and still love coming to work every day!
How has PRSA helped you in your career? Or what are the advantages of being a PRSA member?
PRSA has been critical to keep up with current trends, consult with and ask the advice of my fellow PR colleagues, and so much more. The quality of professional development content at the local, district and national levels is unmatched compared with other organizations I’m familiar with. And the contacts! Holy contacts. It’s nice knowing who to call at just about any company in the Valley.
What are you thankful for?
Family. Friends. Taco Bell. And all my incredible PR colleagues J
If you could have a dance-off with any living person (dancing skills aside), who would it be and what dance style would you choose?
Hands down, I would Wobble with Obama. I miss that man.
Twitter & Instagram: @narramoreryan