Karen Addis, APR

President & CEO

Karen Addis, APR, is a seasoned communications professional who is committed to collaborating with clients to help them achieve success. She has been in her clients’ shoes and understands the demands placed on today’s communications teams of doing more with less and the internal challenges they must navigate.

Karen spent more than 10 years working in-house for national and international trade, professional and nonprofit organizations. Prior to founding Addis Communications, she held senior-level management positions with several PR agencies, including Ogilvy PR as well as mid-sized and boutique firms in the Washington, DC, area. Karen began her career as a writer, editor, and columnist for a monthly trade magazine.

Her expertise spans across multiple industries, with a specific concentration in women’s health, cardiology, biotech, medical services, science, and technology. Karen has partnered with clients on consumer education and awareness campaigns, media relations, media and presentation training, crisis communications, message development, thought leadership, and annual conferences and special events.

Karen is a member of the PRSA National Capital Chapter, the National Press Club, Women in Technology, and DC Science Writers Association. She is also passionate about mentoring the next generation and giving back to her community.

She received her APR — Accreditation in Public Relations — certification from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). She has a master’s certificate in publications from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations from the University of Maryland, College Park.

She and her husband live outside of Washington, DC, with their highly energetic Chocolate Lab, Daisy. Her passions include travel, visiting local area wineries, and all things HGTV.