May 2018

2202 S. Figueroa Street Suite 654 
Los Angeles, CA 90007



(818) 296-9890




Black Public Relations Society of Los Angeles (BPRS-LA) is one of the nation's foremost organizations for professional image-makers and communications strategists. 

Since its founding in 1998, National Black Public Relations Society (NBPRS) has served as an advocate for
African-American PR practitioners. 

As an affiliate chapter, BPRS-LA focuses on professional development and connecting PR professionals throughout Southern California. 

We promote diversity of thought and talent, while providing support and education to help today's professional stay competitive in an 
ever-changing communications industry.


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Shawn Smith 

Ayanna Henderson

Whitney Patterson

Carlos Ray
Vice President of PR/ Marketing

Holly Baird
Director, PR/Marketing

Brandi Redick
Vice President Digital/Social

Whitley Yates
Director, Digital/Social

Nacilia McCarthy
Director, Digital/Social
Kenya Friend-Daniel
Vice President of Membership 

KaNetra King
Director of Membership

Melissa Mills
Vice President of Strategic Alliances 

Dr. Roslyn Satchel

Director, Strategic Alliances

Kenya Yarbrough
Director, Strategic Alliances

Rachael Golding
Vice President of Special Programs

Marilyn Dyson
Director of Special Programs
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President's Message
            A Message from BPRS-LA
We have so much to be excited about this year! It's NBPRS 20th anniversary and the Los Angeles Chapter continues to deliver amazing programs that serve the needs of our members and professionals throughout Southern California.

Our partners have been key and we've joined forces with several professional organizations, agencies, and brands that share our vision and goal of creating a more diverse communications industry. This month, in partnership with Ketchum, we're discussing how to best tell our stories through social media. 

BPRS-LA not only focuses on professional development, but we also offer opportunities to feed the spirit. Our careers can be quite demanding so don't forget to take time for self-care. Join us for the upcoming event in August at Malibu Wine which will include a hike, wine tasting, and words of inspiration from a motivational life coach. You don't want to miss this!

Shawn Smith 
BPRS-LA Co-President 

BPRS-LA & Ketchum 
BPRS-LA & Ketchum PR will host an event centered around Social Media. Come out and learn best practices, hear from industry leaders and network with professionals from different industries. 

Member Spotlight
Meet BPRS-LA Member: Nacilia McCarthy

My name is Nacilia McCarthy, I was born in Jamaica but grew up both in the islands and in Connecticut. I initially started out my career as a paralegal because I thought I wanted to become a lawyer. That quickly changed. I pursued a Bachelor's degree in Management studies and soon after started to work in banking.

That all changed for me during the height of the recession. I went back to school to pursue a second bachelor's degree in Communication technology with a minor in creative writing. So convinced that I was going to write for TV, I started to pursue opportunities that took me in that direction. During that time, I worked for four major networks, two shows and a creative agency (BET, CBS, NBC,PIVOT, Jerry Springer, Bold and the Beautiful,  Dixon Creative). I also went on to work for Promaxbda (the Oscar's for Promos). I was also one of the fellows for Promaxbda Promo Pathways Program. 

During my time I have picked up so many skills as well as expanded on the ones I already had. Presently, I work as a digital creative producer for the Act One group (mostly producing corporate videos and presentations, as well events) and I also help run a small production company with two colleagues based in DC. I am also the executive producer for a podcast called Black and Behind the Scenes. 

I recently started learning creative coding and I am now looking to crossover into interactive producing. 

Malibu Wine & Hike Experience


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Professional Membership $75.00 Student Membership $30.00