Let’s give a warm welcome to Jennifer Byrd, Paula Reinman and Scott Maier, our newest members!
Jennifer has returned to the Bay Area after serving as the national director of communications for the Salvation Army in Washington D.C. Many of you may already know her from her earlier years here in SF, where she was the public relations director of The Salvation Army from 2002 to 2009, She missed her friends and the lifestyle of our fair city and has returned here as the divisional director of communications (again, for The Salvation Army). We know Jennifer is great at her job. But did you know that among her claims to fame is her stint as a DJ while at Sweet Briar College? The call letters were WUDZ, so she would start her shift by saying, “It’s time to get down in the WUDZ.” Jennifer describes herself as “a wicked David Bowie fan” who once serenaded a visiting ballet troupe at the school by playing “Let’s Dance” for them on air. At the reception the college scheduled for them later that evening, the lead dancer told her it was ‘a brilliant move,” a kudo on which she still prides herself to this day. In addition to joining PRRT, Jennifer has long been an award-winning member of PRSA-SF.
Scott is senior public information representative at UC San Francisco. This former Texan’s career began at the McAllen Monitor, where he was a reporter/copy editor for three years. He joined the University of Texas–Pan American campus as senior editor in 2000, and then became senior writer at UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2002. In 2006 he joined Texas A&M Health Science Center as director of media relations.
One fun fact about him is that he was once on the same basketball court as Shaquille O’Neal. He’s not saying if he was playing, however — and “it was 30 years ago!”
Paula is founder of Impactful, a marketing and communications firm for social enterprises and non-profits and foundations. She says she lived a double life for years, leading marketing and communications teams for tech companies while applying her talents to nonprofits on the side, before founding the relatively new agency. A few fun things you should know about her: While she couldn’t care less about sports, she probably could write a book about her family’s sports passions. (It would be called Sports by Osmosis.) And this frequent traveler has been to all 50 states— “walked on the ground, not just changed planes at the airport. My husband counts the former,” she says, “but I aspire to a higher calling.”
Be sure to introduce yourself to each of them at upcoming SFPRRT events and look for their contact data in the soon-to-be published 2018 directory.
Hatti Hamlin, 2018 Membership Chair