South Riding, Virginia
Samantha Villegas, APR is an award-winning communications strategist, committed to using her powers for good. For 20 years, under employment with others, and since 2012, as head of her own virtual agency SaVi PR, Sam has worked to expand recycling, promote water conservation, increase investments in energy efficiency, enhance opportunities for veterans, foster immigrants’ rights to work, support common sense gun legislation and much more.
In 2013, after more than a decade volunteering for the organization, Sam was elected president of the National Capital Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) where she expanded its volunteer service awards, revived the chapter’s Hall of Fame award, and created a thought leadership initiative. In 2016, she was elected to PRSA’s National Board of Directors, where she helps oversee operations of the largest public relations association in the world.
In addition to her work and her service to PRSA, Sam volunteers locally, and has provided more than $25,000 worth of pro-bono counsel and support to social service organizations in Loudoun County, VA where she lives.
Sam holds a Master’s Degree in environmental policy from Johns Hopkins University and is accredited in public relations by PRSA’s Universal Accreditation Board.