Alison Bailin

Alison Bailin is director of client service at HMA Public Relations and has been a member of the team since 2004. Her responsibilities include client management, digital communications, business development, strategic media relations, promotional marketing, creative writing, crisis communications, event planning and issues management. Bailin’s diverse clients at HMA encompass the retail, professional services, event, restaurant, healthcare, government, tourism and non-profit fields. She also helps to oversee FinderBinderAZ, which is the statewide media directory for Arizona, and is an award-winning freelance writer on the topics of travel, food/restaurants, wine, spirits, and entertainment for media outlets across the Southwest, including: Fabulous California, So Scottsdale, Arrived and Arrived Guestbook, A Taste of AZ,  AZ Business Magazine, AZ Business Leaders, Experience Arizona, InBusiness, Green Living, Scottsdale Airpark News, AZ Health & Living, The Entertainer, AZRE, DC Ranch News, Your Valley, Fabulous Arizona, Arizona Contractor & Community, and City Lifestyles Magazines in multiple markets. See her full portfolio here.

Within the communications industry, Bailin is a long-time member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), serving in leadership roles with the Phoenix chapter’s professional development committee, chairing both its media breakfasts and luncheon programs for several years. She also co-chaired its annual awards program – the Copper Anvils – three times and has served as a committee member for the PRSA Western District Conference. Bailin served on the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Rocky Mountain Chapter from 2004 to 2019 and is a past member of its Executive Board. She also volunteered for 16 years on its Rocky Mountain Emmy planning committee.

A dedicated servant leader, Bailin is a committee member for both Child Crisis Arizona and Chrysalis’ annual gala programs and volunteers her time as a kitten bottle feeder at the Arizona Humane Society’s Feline ICU as well as to the Rock the Rooftop charitable concert each fall. She also served on the board of directors – including several years as chair – of Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona from 2004 to 2020 and is a founding member of both Phoenix Suns Charities 88 and the Weekend Jetaway Casino Classic charity event. For many years, Bailin also volunteered with the Arizona Institute for Breast Health and its Breast of Scottsdale fundraiser.

Bailin has been honored for her work by PRSA, the International Association of Business Communicators, the American Marketing Association and more. She is a past recipient of the “Women to Watch” in Arizona business has been inducted into her high school hall of fame. In 2012, Bailin was named by AZ Business Magazine as one of the “Five Most Influential Women in Business Under 35.”

Bailin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2003, with honors. Today she is a frequent speaker at Cronkite on the topics of creative writing, journalism, event planning, and public relations.

An Uptown Phoenix resident, Bailin moved from Indiana to Arizona at age two. If you’re a native or have lived here since a child, she will likely ask you where you went to high school (she went to Horizon). When not working or volunteering, you can find her playing with her two nieces; cheering on Notre Dame; studying up on sharks and whales; planning a trip to wine country or Mexico; listening to archived episodes of Howard Stern; proudly enjoying reality television; or binging old episodes of Law & Order: SVU. Yes, she still has cable. When people brag about “cutting the cord,” she sheds a tear.

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