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Felicia Blow, APR, Chair-Elect

Associate Vice President for Development & Campaign Director

Hampton University

Hampton, Virginia


An award-winning leader with a 28-year career spanning work in manufacturing, waste management and environmental services, telecommunications and higher education, Blow 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 serving as Director of Public Affairs 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.

Additionally, she has served as chair of the D&I Strategic Planning Committee, playing a lead role in the development of the 2020-2022 plan. Blow also was senior counsel on the 2018 and 2019 PRSA Board of Directors and a director representing the Mid-Atlantic District from 2013-2014. 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. Her honors include a PRSA Certificate for Meritorious Service (2006-2010), and the National Association of Cable Communicators awarded her its coveted National Beacon Award for a project Blow led while at Cox Communications (2010). In 2000, she 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 “Diverse Voices” book, which catalogues career successes and challenges faced by leaders of color.