Tina McCorkindale, Ph.D., APR, is the President and CEO of the Institute for Public Relations, a nonprofit research foundation founded in 1956 that creates, curates, and promotes research and initiatives in the public relations industry. She taught as a professor for 15 years and has more than 10 years of experience working in corporate communication and analytics. She is a member of the Page Society, The Seminar, the Commission for Public Relations Education Steering Committee, the ICCO Board of Management, the California State University Dean’s Advisory Council in Communication, the University of Oregon Strategic Communication Leadership Network, Seattle University Marketing Department Advisory Board, Diversity Action Alliance Board, and the AMEC Academic Advisory Board. She frequently presents and publishes in academic journals and industry publications about the current and future state of the public relations and communication industry. She is currently teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon.

In 2019, McCorkindale was selected as one of 40 national leaders to participate in the 91st Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, the most prestigious public outreach and full immersion program in the Department of Defense. McCorkindale is the recipient of the 2017 PRSA David Ferguson Award and the 2020 PRSA Puget Sound Professional of the Year award. McCorkindale was inducted in the PR News Measurement Hall of Fame in 2018.

McCorkindale received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi, a master’s degree in public and corporate communication from the University of South Alabama, and her Ph.D. in communication from the University of Miami. She lives with her family, two dogs, two guinea pigs, and three chickens in Seattle, Washington, and spends her free time going to concerts, hiking, skiing, playing tennis, and reading.