Sandy Young, Vice President

After joining the J. Walcher Communications team in 2009, Sandy Young rose to second-in-command at the agency, mentoring staff and helping manage day-to-day office operations, along with leading a full load of clients and their strategic and tactical needs.

Prior to JWC, Sandy 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, media relationship building, community partnerships, crisis communications and media training. She has also served as a freelance writer, columnist and contributor for various media outlets.

Sandy was previously named to SD METRO’s “Top Marketing Executives” in 2022 and “40 under 40” list in 2017, won San Diego X (now the One Club San Diego) Brand Diego Awards’ “2015 Young Achiever” and was awarded by AOL’s Patch.com as a “30 Under 30” Leader in San Diego County, as recognized by the California State Senate.

Sandy is currently on the board taskforce for the San Diego Repertory Theatre. 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, programming co-chair for the 2014 PRSA Western District Conference and on the 60th Anniversary Hall of Fame committee. Previously, she volunteered on the San Diego County Bar Foundation’s communications and grants committees for five years to provide underprivileged communities with legal services and support and on the planning committee for the Women’s Symposium, hosted by Academy of Our Lady Peace, for three years. 

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

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