Patti Goethals Rowlson
Founder and Communications Director
I founded 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, consulting and assisting clients with corporate communications, developing messaging (voice, tone, feel) for a variety of uses, strategizing PR and communications initiatives, coordinating recruitment advertising campaigns, and providing direction related to branding. I also coach our clients to try new things and keep pushing forward with purpose.
When I’m not working on projects for BPRC clients, you’ll find me on a trail in Bellingham, spending time with family and friends, taking a yoga class, or traveling around our beautiful state.
Awards and Recognition: Professional Women of the Year finalist, 2017. Small Business of the Year finalist, 2015. Most Valuable Player, 2014.
I served as a contributing writer for Business Pulse magazine (2020 – 2021), The Bellingham Business Journal (2012-2015) and have been featured in Today’s Leading Women, Huffington Post and WhatcomTalk.
Past and present affiliations: Bellingham Chamber of Commerce (member 2021 – present, 2013 – 2015), Whatcom Business Alliance (member 2015 to present, board member 2019 – 2021), Pass the Hat board member (2016 – 2017), Barkley Toastmasters (member 2014 – 15, VP of public relations 2014 – 2015).
I worked for BPRC in 2015 and 2016, then returned in 2022 after taking a break to start a home staging and decor business.
My responsibilities include assisting with social media management, publishing content on blogs and digital media accounts, recruitment advertising, and helping BPRC’s founder complete various projects for our clients.
I earned an MBA in marketing/sports and events management from the University of Findlay, and I also have a Bachelor of Arts in interpersonal and public communications and business management.
Past and present affiliations: Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County (advisory committee member and volunteer 2015 – 2020), Lydia Place (volunteer 2016 – 2018), United Way of Whatcom County (2009 – 2013), The Whatcom Dream (2015 – 2017).
When I’m not working on projects for BPRC clients, you’ll find me playing pickleball, chasing my kid around or reading a book on my couch.
Communicate clearly. Be descriptive and assumption-free.
Be open and honest.
Humbly serve others.
Earn trust, be respectful, value high standards.
Push to learn new things; change and evolve to remain current.
Always consider others; encourage others in positive ways.
What you can expect
When you hire Bellingham PR & Communications, you can expect an experience that aligns with our core values. Our best work takes place when we have opportunities to work with individuals and companies that share these values.
Committed to growth
Bellingham PR & Communications is committed to continual learning, as stated in our core values. That’s why we are members of the Public Relations Society of America, through which we have access to continuing education resources that help us evolve to stay at the top of our game.