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PRSA Board Liaison, Patricia Alvarenga Smith, APR


Patricia “Reace” Alvarenga Smith has been a PRSA member since 1998, and a PRSSA member before that. She currently serves as Vice President of Corporate Communications for Republic National Distributing Company.

Smith joined Republic National Distributing Company in 2020 where she is responsible for the development of integrated communications strategies and provides executive leadership with thought leadership council, including the creation, guidance and execution of the company’s internal and external trade/community communications strategy.

Prior to that, Smith held positions of increasing responsibility at Dean Foods, as well as at Dex Media and Texas Health Resources.

Smith was president of PRSA Dallas in 2010 and has been an active member over the past two decades, including serving as chair of the Chapter’s APR Committee in 2012, chair of the Southwest District in 2018, and an executive committee member for PRSA’s Corporate Communications Professional Interest Section since 2019. She was also a member of the PRSA Board of Directors Nominating Committee in 2019.

In 2021, Smith was named a board member of the City of Grand Prairie Library. She has also done work with the Junior League of Arlington, the University of Texas at Arlington Alumni Association and the Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group.

Smith graduated from UT Arlington with a degree in communications.