About Mary Deming Barber, APR, Fellow PRSA


  • Patrick Jackson Award for Distinguished Service, PRSA

  • ATHENA Society, Anchorage

  • PRSA College of Fellows

  • Accredited in Public Relations

  • Communicator of the Year, PRSA Alaska Chapter

  • Bruce Pozzi Chapter Service Award, PRSA Alaska Chapter

A 40-year veteran of public relations, I am president and CEO of The Barber Group, a strategic communication and public relations consultancy I founded in June of 2000. I worked with a variety of organizations representing beef, sheep, seafood, raisins, potatoes and prunes. In the mid-‘80s, I took a break from food-centric public relations and coordinated the statewide volunteer efforts for U.S. Senator's successful political campaign. In the fall of 2010, I served as a volunteer senior communication specialist on Senator Lisa Murkowski’s historic write-in campaign. While working in Alaska, I learned a lot about communicating with, and telling the stories of, different cultures.

I have received two prestigious Silver Anvil awards: the first for work with the Beef Industry Council at Ketchum Public Relations and second for Senator Murkowski’s 2010 write-in campaign.

I served in various national leadership capacities with the Public Relations Society of America including on the Board of Directors, College of Fellows and PRSA Foundation. During the fall of 2019, I was awarded the Society's prestigious Patrick Jackson Award for Distinguished Service. I am accredited in public relations and was inducted into the prestigious College of Fellows in 2003. I also served as president of the Ad2 Division of the American Advertising Federation and the International Foodservice Editorial Council.

In addition to volunteering in the profession, I'm an avid community volunteer having served on the boards for the Alaska Botanical Garden, United Way of Anchorage, the Imaginarium Science Discovery Center and my alma mater, Whitman College. I am also a current member of the Gig Harbor (WA) Parks Commission. 


  • PRSA Silver Anvil Awards

  • PRSA Silver Anvil Certificate of Commendation

  • Numerous PRSA Alaska Aurora Awards and Awards of Excellence

  • American Marketing Association – Alaska Chapter – numerous AMI Awards

  • Advertising Federation of Alaska — numerous Best of the North Awards

  • National Agri-Marketing Association – several Best of Show; First Place Awards

  • Clio Award Finalist

  • Mercury Award — Grand Prize and numerous Gold and Silver Certificate

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