WASHINGTON: Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR) has named Denise Graveline, communications director for the American Chemical Society (ACS), its PR Woman of the Year for 2002.
Graveline was recognized for her long, distinguished career in science communications and charity work. Before landing at ACS, a professional membership organization for scientists which boasts more than 160,000 members, she served as the deputy associate administrator for communications, education, and public affairs at the Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to that, she was director of communications for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and media relations director at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Graveline was selected for the award over a couple of well-known agency mavens: Margery Kraus, CEO of APCO Worldwide, and Susan Davis, founder and president of Susan Davis International. Last year's award winner was Elizabeth Shea, cofounder of the SheaHedges Group.
WWPR, formed over two decades ago, is a membership organization that encourages and fosters networking and professional development among female communications professionals in the Washington metropolitan area.