Jessica Clark, APR was honored by the Florida Public Relations Association as its 2013 “Chapter President of the Year” by FPRA president Jeff Nall, APR, CPRC during awards ceremonies at the state FPRA conference held recently in St. Petersburg. Clark was singled out for her professionalism and effective leadership as this year’s chapter president of the Southwest Florida Chapter, one of the largest chapters in Florida.

“The recipient of this years’ Chapter President of the Year is dedicated, organized and self-motivated … yet someone who always credits her team,” said Nall. He went on to praise her for always being either the first or one of the first presidents to submit required reports and information to the state office. “This person has impressed me greatly—and what impressed me most were the many positive comments that her fellow chapter presidents have made about her this year, both as a person and a leader,” he continued.

Clark is the Public Relations and Marketing Associate for Edison State College, where she works closely with local and national media outlets to garner coverage for the college on a variety of topics and events related to the higher education industry and those it serves. Her public relations career began in 2001 handling media relations for organizations, as well as managing branding, event planning, membership club coordination, and sales related projects. In addition to serving as the current Southwest Florida Chapter president, she has also served on its Board of Directors for five years. Clark has also served on various committees of the FPRA State Board for two years to help it reach its goals and better serve its members, and she is currently on the Community Advisory Board for the Junior League of Ft. Myers.

Established in 1938, FPRA is the oldest public relations organization in the country. FPRA is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Florida. For more information about the Southwest Florida chapter, please visit