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New Board Members From Blavity Inc., Edelman, Northrop Grumman, OWN, Netflix and More

Recently the Los Angeles Chapter of the Black Public Relations Society (BPRS-LA) proudly announced the appointment of 13 new members to its 2019 Board of Directors. The new board members come from diverse backgrounds and are committed to helping drive the organization's mission to increase the profile of African American communications professionals in the Los Angeles market and public relations industry.

Joining the dynamic BPRS-LA Board of Directors are Danika Berry , president and founder of db Agency Public Relations; Pamela Chinawah , senior account executive at B/HI; Charlene Collier , senior human resources manager at Northrop Grumman; Dwight Harvey , director of communications at Blavity Inc.; Michelle Horn , vice president at Edelman; Keeyah Johnson , 50th NAACP Image Awards Motion Picture coordinator and Hollywood Bureau event coordinator ; Romondo Locke , public relations specialist at Los Angeles Public Library; Jasmine Kent , founder of LoveJas Media; Laura D. Reid , Principal of Reid Marketing Group; Kevin Stuckey , manager of multicultural publicity at Netflix; James Ward III , senior manager, communications at OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network; Yumiko Whitaker , founder of Hummingbird PR and Myles Worthington , manager, brand and editorial content at Netflix.

"We are excited to welcome our newest board members as they have a wealth of experience and fresh perspectives that will bring us closer to achieving our organizational goals," said Shawn Smith, president, BPRS-LA. "They are champions of diversity and inclusion in the communications field and will be great assets to our Chapter as we continue to grow our membership and make an even greater impact in the industry."

BPRS-LA focuses on professional development and connecting diverse professionals throughout Southern California. The organization is comprised of corporate, studio, network, agency, and independent communications professionals across public relations, marketing, digital, human resources and many more. With chapters nationwide, the national organization promotes diversity of thought and talent, while providing support and education to help today's professional stay competitive in an ever-changing communications industry.

For more information about BPRS-LA, visit them at or follow them on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter @bprsla, and LinkedIn .


Black Public Relations Society of Los Angeles (BPRS-LA), founded in 1998, is an affiliate chapter of the National Black Public Relations Society (NBPRS), one of the nation's foremost organizations for professional image-makers and communications strategists. NBPRS serves as an advocate for African American PR practitioners. BPRS-LA focuses on professional development and connecting PR professionals throughout Southern California. BPRS-LA promotes diversity of thought and talent, while providing support and education to help today's professionals stay competitive in the ever-changing communications industry. Visit for news, membership, events and updates.

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