Public Relations

The Orange County Branch is preparing for the release of the Orange County report card in 2016.  We are looking for a new chair and committee members.  If you are interested, please contact [email protected]

The Public Relations Committee's mission is to share with the Orange County Branch members and the public about branch activities, issues affecting the profession, and latest news from the branch newsletter.  We use resources like social media to try and extend our audience and to keep our members informed on a timely basis.

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