AboutPatti Rowlson Consulting Inc., dba Bellingham PR & Communications
Founder and Communications Director
I am a small business owner with a strong work ethic (perhaps just like you).
I founded PR Consulting (now Bellingham PR & Communications) in 2009 as a way to serve local businesses that operated in clear, transparent ways, just like we do.
My primary duties for BPRC include leading and supporting our team, assisting clients with corporate communications, developing messaging (voice, tone, feel) for a variety of public-facing documents, strategizing PR and communications initiatives, coordinating recruitment advertising plans, managing social media on behalf of our clients, graphic design, and small business branding. I also coach our clients to try new things and keep pushing forward with purpose (AKA being a small business cheerleader).
I served as a contributing writer for The Bellingham Business Journal (2012-2015) and have been featured in Business Pulse magazine, Today’s Leading Women, Huffington Post, USA Today, and WhatcomTalk.
Affiliations: Whatcom Business Alliance (member 2015 to present, board member 2019 to present), Pass the Hat board member (2016/17), Barkley Toastmasters (member 2014/15, VP of public relations 2014/15), Bellingham Chamber of Commerce (2013 through 2015) and Lynden Chamber of Commerce (member 2009 through 2013, marketing and member services board chair, 2011).
Patti with her kids and mama.
“Helping Whatcom County business leaders communicate clearly in good times and in times of crisis is work that I feel called to do. Whether consulting with a CEO about a public relations matter, writing a public-facing document for a small business owner, offering encouragement and accountability, or managing digital media during troubling times, I am here to serve the people and businesses that add so much to our community.”
Content Strategist, Editor and Writer
I joined PR Consulting (now Bellingham PR & Communications) in June 2016. I am primarily a copywriter and editor, writing articles for clients and editing the work of others. My responsibilities also include producing social media content for a variety of Whatcom County companies and helping develop and manage WordPress websites.
I earned a master’s degree in communications and media and have journalism experience working for various newspapers throughout the Pacific Northwest. For the decade before joining BPRC, I was head of social media and in charge of several aspects of internal communications at WWU. I was a member of Western’s emergency communications team and received Federal Emergency Management Agency training in crisis communications. As an adjunct journalism professor, I taught news writing, editing and public relations, and through Western’s Extended Education, I taught representatives of area businesses how to use social media to build community. I have won awards throughout my career for writing, web development and journalism.
My wife and I were for several years foster parents in Whatcom County. We loved being able to care for those in need, but we let our license expire after adopting, giving birth and then adopting again (this last time through the state foster system).
Matthew and his family in Budapest, Hungary.
“What I enjoy most about my job is connecting people to those they need. Each of us has a way in which we can be of service to others, and part of my job is to help make those connections.”