Celebrating Earth Day with Fellow Bay Area PR Agencies


By Lauren Bogoshian

At Offleash, we’re committed to giving back to our community. That’s why we set aside our competitive differences with fellow Bay Area PR agencies each year to lead a service event to celebrate Earth Day. For the seventh year running, we partnered with the Presidio Trust to continue our restoration work of Mountain Lake, in San Francisco’s Presidio.

We look forward to this event as an opportunity to step outside of the office, network with other PR professionals, and focus on preserving San Francisco’s natural beauty. This year, we’ve asked other agency participants to weigh in on how they will be facilitating a culture of stewardship all year long.


Mariah Gauthier, Highwire Public Relations

“Highwire facilitates a culture of stewardship throughout the year by giving our employees the tools and the time to share their passions, and work together to improve our local communities from coast to coast. We believe in giving back to the communities where we live and work, whether that is helping an underserved population, spending time with animals in need, or doing our part to reduce waste and make a tangible impact on the environment.”


Aisha Arif, Hunter and Bard

“Stewardship is a core principle for us at Hunter & Bard: It defines the team we employ, the work we do, and how we do it. We are proud to have a diverse, global team who come from all walks of life and bring their multifarious insights and values into our daily workflow. The companies we work with, be it B2B tech; Mobility as a Service; or disruptive eCommerce, are often focused on improving the ways businesses and consumers interact with and contribute to the global community.”


Frances Monardo, Mighty

“Mighty is so excited to be taking part in this restoration project but we do recognize that in order to make a visible difference in our community, our commitment to social good must extend beyond just this one day. We hope to build on this momentum by continuing to encourage both those within our agency and those within our extended circles to look outwards and get involved. We’re super pumped for Earth Day and are looking forward to finding more opportunities to make a change as an agency, big or small!”


Heather Fitzsimmons, Mindshare PR

“The basics of what makes a good PR person are applicable to so many areas of life – writing, communicating and problem solving lay a strong foundation for helping in a number of ways outside of the tech world. For the past several years, Mindshare PR, through giving our time and services, has worked with a number of nonprofit organizations to help support children, animals, veterans and the environment. We are in the process of formalizing these efforts and launching PRforChange to expand the number of organizations we support, and hopefully in turn, make a larger impact at an individual, local and global level.”


Joanna Kulesa, Offleash

“Our giving program, OffleashCARES, is modeled after Salesforce’s 1:1:1 framework of donating at least 1% of profits, services and time to charity. Whether it is organizing a book drive, cooking at the Ronald McDonald house or donating disaster funds to the Red Cross, giving back fills our hearts at Offleash. Each year, we look forward to Earth Day and our time in the Presidio Park with our fellow colleagues. It’s amazing to look back over the past seven years and see the positive change we’ve been a part of at Mountain Lake. ”


Catherine Doyle, PAN Communications

“PAN encourages employees to identify causes important to them, and offers the flexibility and community to support those causes. We have a dedicated program called PANCares, that partners each regional PAN office with an organization or cause that the office is aligned with. For instance, this past year, the PAN San Francisco office has volunteered organizing clothing donations for a local youth homeless shelter, as well as supported its external communications efforts. PAN’s commitment to volunteerism is felt agency wide, and I’m thankful for the opportunity and encouragement to give back to the Bay Area community.”


This year, we organized nearly 60 individuals from eleven different companies, including Bateman Group, Highwire Public Relations, Hotwire PR, Hunter and Bard, Method, Mighty PR, Mindshare PR, Nectar, PAN Communications, and TomTom. Together, we donated over 165 hours of service to our local community. For more information about Presidio Trust and the amazing restoration work they lead at Mountain Lake, please visit: https://www.presidio.gov/places/mountain-lake.