Mary Ryan is president of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Alaska Chapter.

Position / Job:

University of Alaska Anchorage student and managing editor for The Northern Light newspaper.

Job responsibilities:

As managing editor, I edit content weekly, assist in multimedia production, recruit, oversee staff progress, and fulfill other employee management responsibilities.


Pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Public Communications – Strategic Communications from UAA.

How does PRSA membership help you?

In a close-knit community like Anchorage, networking is really important. PRSA opened a lot of doors for me in this area. I have the opportunity to learn and try working in different areas of strategic communications. I am interested in writing, multimedia production, website design, branding, and the research and analysis side of strategic communications. My personal goal at PRSSA is to find where I fit in.

Hometown: Anchorage

All-time favorite song: Blooming Heather, by Kate Rusby