George Goodwin Award

This award recognizes a PRSA|GA member for significant contributions to the community through volunteer service in civic, cultural, charitable, educational and/or religious work. The volunteer work must not be part of the nominee's full-time position.

Bari Love

Bari Love most recently served as senior vice president of Communications and Marketing for the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC). During her four years at MAC, she led programs for the organization's economic development efforts and its public policy initiatives on behalf of its members.  Prior to that, Bari spent 25 years in agencies including Jackson Spalding and Ogilvy PR.

Bari serves on numerous boards and is focused on issues related to women and girls and the developmentally disabled. She most recently served on the boards of the YWCA of Greater Atlanta and the Power to Inspire Tribute Dinner for the Center for Civil and Human Rights, and as the Legacy Breakfast Chair for All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD). Earlier this year, Bari was inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers.

The PRSA Georgia Chapter awarded Bari the Radiant Star Award in 2008, and in 2010 she was inducted into The Order of the Phoenix. National PRSA honored Bari with the Paul M. Lund Public Service Award in 2012. She is a former Chapter president and currently serves as a co-chair of Leader Board.

Bari graduated from the University of Alabama. She says her greatest achievements are her 35-year marriage to Rusty, sons Michael and Brian, and her newest family members, daughter-in-law Marianna and grandson Seth.

Why has service been an important part of your career? My faith has a Hebrew term – Tikkun olam – which means repairing the world. As communicators, we have the skills to be a voice and advocate for others. This has always been part of my life and will be the heart of my work going forward.


Previous George Goodwin Award winners:

  • Julie Ralston
  • Mack D. Secord, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • Bob Hope
  • Clay Owen
  • Mary L. Sorrel
  • Jason Anthoine, APR
  • Stephen M. Brown
  • Alicia Thompson
  • John Walker
  • Ellen Weaver Hartman, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • Claudia Gaines Patton
  • Leigh Coulter Beal, APR
  • Glen Jackson
  • Carol M. Flammer
  • Jane E. Shivers
  • John Knapp, APR
  • Randy Siegel
  • C. Richard Yarborough
  • Amanda Brown-Olmstead, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • Neva Rountree
  • Carolyn Lee Wills
  • Celia Boswell, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • Marie Mulvenna
  • James Wallace, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • Jan Pringle
  • Bob Watson, APR
  • Paul Karelson, APR
  • Donald Downs, APR
  • John White, Jr., APR
  • Dorotha "Ric” Willix, APR
  • Larry Lowenstein
  • Ed Lucas
  • Willis Johnson, Jr.
  • Roy Simmons, Jr., APR
  • Gene Dyson, APR
  • Al B. Richardson, APR
  • Ralph Beck
  • Richard Hodges, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • Al Reddick
  • Aston Albert
  • Bill Simpson
  • Don Gareis
  • George Goodwin