Meet Josie Wilson, Alaska strategic communications director for HDR, a global engineering, architecture, environmental and construction company. Nearly two decades ago, this southern California transplant embraced both Alaska and the public relations / communications career field. Since then, she’s gained enduring professional and personal friendships, and an award-winning work ethic.
She oversees regional marketing strategies, integrated and multichannel marketing campaigns, strategic communications, and public relations activities. She also directs guided and coordinated branding initiatives, external affairs, government relations, community investments, and employee events for the local Alaska office of HDR, a Fortune 500 company.
Hometown: southern California
Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage (2009)
How does membership in PRSA assist you?
“PRSA membership is like having a built-in Jedi council of wise leaders who understand, have great ideas, and are always there for you. A few of my closest relationships have been developed through our PRSA Alaska Chapter,” said Josie. “As I think back on my greatest professional achievements, PRSA members were there encouraging me. On May 19, 2022, my team received an Anvil at the 2022 PRSA National Anvil Awards, and it would not have been possible without PRSA members and this professional society of public relations practitioners. To all of the PRSA members who continue to be an important part of my life and Jedi council: ‘Thank you!’”
PRSA Alaska Volunteering
Josie co-chairs the chapter’s membership committee this year with Teal Soden. “This is the best volunteer opportunity because we get to share the numerous benefits for becoming a PRSA member. It is fun to share why we love being a part of our Alaska Chapter of PRSA and how it has made a positive difference in our lives,” said Josie. “If you want to join the membership committee, all are welcome. I encourage everyone to volunteer in our professional society in some way.”