Associate Vice President for Development
Felicia Blow, APR, an award-winning leader with a 28-year career spanning work in Manufacturing, Waste Management and Environmental Services, Telecommunications and Higher Education, has served as architect for several different organizational activities, helping to expand and enhance the public relations profession. A graduate of Hampton University, she has an MBA from Strayer University, and is pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education Administration at Old Dominion University.
While at Cox Communications, she initiated the Cox Charities Virginia program, which in its first year generated proceeds to fund numerous nonprofits in Virginia. At the Solid Waste Association of North America, she helped create the Communications, Education and Marketing division, and served as its first international division chair.
Through her work with PRSA, as Chair of the Universal Accreditation Board, Blow initiated the creation of the APR + M credential, an important tool in the retention and ongoing professional development of military public relations professionals. She has also served as Chair of the Mid-Atlantic District; Member of the PRSA Strategic Funding Taskforce; PRSA National Strategic Planning Committee; Member of the PRSA National Nominating Committees; Member of the PRSA President and CEO Search Committee; Member of the National PRSA Board of Directors; and Chair of the Universal Accreditation Board, APR+M Advisory Council.
Her honors include a PRSA Certificate for Meritorious Service (2006-2010), and the Association of National Communicators National Beacon Award (2010). Blow, in 2000, also was the first African-American female president of the Hampton Roads Virginia PRSA Chapter.
In 2018, she was featured as one of 40 individuals in the PRSA Foundation’s new “Diverse Voices” book which catalogues career successes and challenges faced by leaders of color.