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Joseph Abreu, APR, CPRC, Chair

Joseph Abreu, APR, CPRC, is an award-winning public relations professional who currently serves as the Chief Communications Officer for the Clerk of the Court & Comptroller of Lee County in Fort Myers, Fla. In his role, he is responsible for strategic communications, public affairs, media relations, emergency management, and reputation/brand management.

Abreu previously managed communications campaigns and strategies for the Clerk & Comptrollers of St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties. Prior to joining the public sector, Abreu directed communications, special events and development for Compass, one of the largest LGBTQ community centers in the country.

Chair-elect in 2023, Abreu has served in leadership roles with the organization since 2006, including Treasurer in 2022 and Secretary in 2021. He is a recipient of the PRSA Sunshine District’s Trailblazer Award and the PRSA Palm Beach Chapter’s Hall of Fame Award. His PR campaigns and tactics have earned more than 40 national, state and local awards. Abreu has also earned a certificate in PRSA’s crisis communications program. 

Abreu is accredited in public relations, a certified public relations counselor, a FEMA-certified Advanced Public Information Officer, and has a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida.