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Debra Peterson, APR, Immediate Past Chair

Overland Park, Kansas

Debra Peterson is president of Comm365, a strategic communications consulting firm. Prior to this, she served in positions of increasing leadership at CenturyLink over a span of 13 years.

Most of Peterson’s career has been spent working for Fortune 500 communications and technology companies, serving in a variety of managerial and executive roles, including media relations, issues management, employee communications, governmental affairs, community relations and events and sponsorships. She has extensive experience developing and executing communications strategies and tactics related to mergers and acquisitions as a result of the ongoing M&A in the tech sector.

At PRSA, Peterson has had a long tenure of leadership. Prior to her current role as Chair, she was Chair-elect in 2018, treasurer in 2017 and a member of the Board of Directors from 2011-2013. She has also served as a member of the Board of Ethics and Professional Standards (BEPS); Past Co-Chair, Sections Council; Chair, Corporate Communications Section; and Past President, Greater Kansas City Chapter.

In addition to her volunteer service with PRSA, Peterson serves on the board of Growing Futures Early Education Center, which provides children and their families with high quality early education and comprehensive support services.