IPR is featuring some of the many Hispanic pioneers who have had an impact on the field of public relations in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Donald G. Padilla devoted his career to helping a range of community organizations communicate better with their audiences. He founded his agency, Padilla & Spears (now Padilla), in Minneapolis in the 1970s.
Padilla was diligent in teaching the clients of his firm about best practices and seeing the many benefits of community stewardship. He was widely recognized for his excellence in the public relations industry as well as his dedication to service.
In 1986, Padilla received the highest honor for public service from PRSA, the Paul M. Lund award. He also received The King’s Medal from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, The Medal of St. Olav from Norway, the Minnesota Press Club award for Distinguished Service, and more.