Biography Did You Know?
Barry Wanger, APR, Fellow PRSA
Barry Wanger, the agency's founder and president, has more than 35 years of professional experience in communications as a public relations counselor, public affairs director, newspaper editor, and Presidential campaign press secretary.
He is only one of two individuals to have ever won both the Beacon Award from The Public Relations Society of America and the Crystal Bell Award from The Publicity Club of New England. Both awards are for lifetime achievement in public relations.
Prior to starting Wanger Associates in 1985, he served as director of public affairs for the National Endowment for the Humanities, Brandeis University, University of California at Santa Barbara, and Wheelock College. He also spent nine years as a newspaper editor and reporter.
He has served as an adjunct professor of public relations at Boston University, a press secretary to U.S. presidential, senatorial, and mayoralty candidates, and has written and lectured widely on public relations, particularly in the areas of nonprofit public relations, crisis communications, and media relations.
Barry is one of approximately 400 public relations practitioners in the United States to be elected as a Fellow of the Public Relations Society of America. He is a former officer and accredited member of the organization. He holds an M.S. in Public Relations from Boston University.
He also serves in a leadership capacity with a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Board of Directors of Adoption with Love, the Board of Corporators of Wheelock College, and as an elected member of the School Council at Newton South High School. He is a former longtime Board member of The Wheelock Family Theatre and Jewish Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
“I am amazed at the amount of media attention your agency has generated for us. Stories in The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Fortune, and The Today Show - among others.”
“There's no question in my mind that Wanger Associates played a major role in positioning WFD as the leading company - and certainly the leading resource for reporters - in the work-life field.”
Cheryl Yaffe Kiser
Former Director of Corporate Communications
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