Meet Our 30 Under 30 for 2015

The new faces of communications as chosen by our readers and editors.

Hi everyone,

Four months ago we decided to run our own 30 Under 30 list for the public relations industry…and today it finally went live on Adweek!

Some necessary, super-boring backstory: the main reason I decided to make this project happen was because a contact suggested it and I liked the idea. But there’s also the worst-kept secret in media: communicators deal with a lot of flack from journalists even when they’re doing their jobs well. I’ve done it myself more than once despite the fact that I have worked in PR in the past and I work with PR every day.

But here’s an undeniable fact: there are a lot of talented people doing great work in this business, and we wanted to recognize them.

Thanks to everyone who participated, to my lovely wife for some crucial help in sorting through the entries and data, and to editor Stephanie Paterik and designer Dianna McDougall of Adweek (who created the great image on this post) for their last-minute assistance in making it happen.

Here’s the list in alphabetical order, because we don’t play favorites:

  1. Jared Albert, Senior Publicist, Animal Planet
  2. Britney Anderson, Senior PR Coordinator, Roger Vivier
  3. Marissa Arnold, Corporate Communications, New York Stock Exchange
  4. Sarah Rose Attman, Founder, Sarah Rose Public Relations
  5. Gracie Blackburn, Communications Manager, ESPN College Networks
  6. Ken Bruno, Account Director, Access Communications
  7. Caitlyn Carpanzano, Vice President, Brew Media Relations
  8. Jade Clark, Public Relations Manager, TheLadders
  9. Sarah Coppersmith, Vice President, Scott Circle
  10. Danika Daly, Founder, Danika Daly PR and Fashion PR Confidential
  11. Christina DiRusso, Senior Communications Manager, BuzzFeed
  12. Angela Feher, Director of Communications, Goconnekt
  13. Brian Hart, Founder and President, Flackable
  14. Ben Johnson, Director of Global Communications, Tough Mudder Inc.
  15. Colin Jordan, Senior Manager of Corporate Communications, Egnyte
  16. Laura Markofsky, Director, Civic Entertainment Group
  17. Ashley McCollum, Chief of Staff, BuzzFeed
  18. Chris Pappas, PR Manager, Ticketfly
  19. Alexander Parks, PR Team Lead, Davies Murphy Group
  20. Meagan Phillips, Public Relations Manager, 180LA
  21. Brette Querzoli, Senior Account Executive, Weber Shandwick
  22. Jose Resendez, Senior Account Executive, FleishmanHillard Miami
  23. Elisabeth Rosario, Managing Director, Astrsk PR
  24. Ilana Rubin, Account Supervisor, Civic Entertainment Group
  25. Emily Scheer, Public Relations Director, IBT Media
  26. Brittany Stone, Senior Account Executive, Moxie PR
  27. Pearl Tam, Associate, Eastwick
  28. Elliot Tomaeno, Founder and CEO, Astrsk PR
  29. Kai Wright, VP, Communications and Business Development, Atom Factory
  30. Ed Zitron, Founder, EZPR

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@PatrickCoffee Patrick Coffee is a senior editor for Adweek.