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SJGC Alum Alonda Thomas named one of the Top Women in PR by PRNEWS

By Sterling Bright
January 12, 2021

Alonda ThomasHoward University Director of Public Relations, Alonda Thomas has been a premiere example of success. Most recently she was named one of the Top Women in PR by PRNEWS. This award showcases the accomplishments of several women in PR who they deem to be the next generation of leaders within the field.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by PRNEWS as a top woman in the public relations industry, especially during a year filled with so many unexpected events that have forced us to address the health disparities and racial injustices in minority communities,” said Thomas.

Thomas graduated with her B.S. in public relations from Florida A&M University. Then she went on to receive her masters in integrated marketing and management communications from Florida State University.

During her time as the Director of PR for Howard University she has received high praise due to her great work in managing the Universities communications division. She also implemented directives and managed the department during the Covid-19 pandemic. During the pandemic Thomas even served as the interim vice president of communications. Despite the challenges, she was able to maintain constant and effective communication with staff, students and her team. She also spearheaded several major campaigns for the University, including the announcement of Howards Covid-19 test site in the low-income area of Ward 7.

Thomas has several other awards under her belt, including being named as one of the “Top 25 African American PR Millennials to Watch” in the Huffington Post. Through her work the Howard Office of University Communications has also won several awards for various campaigns since Thomas’ arrival. As stated by Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Frank Tramble, Thomas since arriving at HU has been an integral part for the Howard University communications team. Thomas since leaving FAMU has been an example of excellence and she has no signs of slowing down.