Sandy Young, Vice President

Sandy Young has worked for several of San Diego’s top public relations and marketing communications firms, as well as with clients throughout the nation, on a full-time and consultant basis. Her areas of expertise include PR/marketing strategy, writing/editing, social media and media relationship building. She has also served as a freelance writer, columnist and contributor for various media outlets.

Prior to joining the J. Walcher Communications team, Sandy served as a senior account executive at Benedetto Communications (now Chemistry), where she led a variety of hotel, restaurant, health and real estate clients. Sandy also worked at The McRae Agency as an account manager, devising and implementing public relations campaigns on a local to international scale, facilitating publicity for multiple conferences and trade shows, and gaining exposure for her clients by securing expert interviews and product coverage.

Sandy was recently named San Diego X Brand Diego Awards’ “2015 Young Achiever” and was previously awarded by AOL’s Patch.com as a “30 Under 30” Leader in San Diego County, as recognized by the California State Senate.

She has served as secretary on the board of directors and Edward L. Bernays Mark of Excellence Awards co-chair of awards for the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter, as well as programming co-chair for the 2014 PRSA Western District Conference. A member of San Diego X and United Way of San Diego County’s Emerging Leaders Council, Sandy also volunteers on the San Diego County Bar Foundation’s communications committee to promote its efforts to provide underprivileged communities with legal services and support.

As well, she has been a highlighted speaker on PR, marketing and social media topics for San Diego State University, Vista Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Superyacht Association’s Superyacht Summit San Diego and the Moms in Business Unite Conference.

Sandy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication and a minor in literature/writing from the University of California, San Diego.