Marisa Vallbona, APR, Fellow PRSA, knew she was made for PR when she was 12 and fried an egg on the sidewalk with her sister on a super hot Texas day. The perfect weather story, it made the TV news and that’s all it took for her to get hooked and her career was born. Since then, she’s gotten local, regional and national media exposure for just about everything. If it’s newsworthy, she can get it in the news.
A seasoned strategist, Marisa has worked with tech start ups, top businesses, health care providers, retailers, brands, individuals and authors on strategic communications, community relations, new product launches, special events, radio promotions and business strategy.
She has won four Silver Anvil awards from the Public Relations Society of America (the Oscars of the PR industry) and a Silver Anvil Best of Show. San Diego Business Journal named her “Women Who Mean Business” in PR and she’s won countless other awards. Her work is showcased in PR textbooks and she’s been featured in business books, national business magazines and she’s frequently quoted in the media.
She is the co-founder of PRConsultants Group, a national network of PR firms with offices in every major U.S. market and Puerto Rico and is the Southern California regional member of the organization. Marisa also has been inducted into the PRSA College of Fellows (a prestigious distinction awarded to a very small percentage of PR practitioners).
She serves on the national board of directors of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). She also serves on the board of directors of SDX (formerly the San Diego Ad Club).
Marisa is fluent in Spanish and holds citizenships in the U.S., Costa Rica and Spain.