About

A Dedicated Team of Public Relations Experts

Who are we?

We are a PR agency founded on the idea that public relations are about more than just looking good—it’s about achieving results that matter to your company.

We are an agency dedicated to enterprise, B2B PR. We develop campaigns tied to business goals and deliver results that contribute to the bottom line.

1903 PR partners with companies that are driving innovation within industries and, through creative strategic communications, propels them to the next level.

What Does Our Name Mean?

As California natives, we identify with our state flower, the poppy. 1903 was the year California made the poppy its state flower, and with its deep roots and unmistakable style, the poppy is just as tenacious and as it is distinctive. The California poppy needs a challenge to reach its full potential, and we think 1903 Public Relations is at its best when tackling difficult problems through communications.

The more we investigated the year, the more we felt a pull to the time period. The year 1903 was a time for new technology (the Wright brothers executed the first successful manned flight), increased diversity and inclusion (the first women’s suffrage union was formed and the stirrings of what would become the civil rights movement took hold), and the recognition that strategic publicity can elevate exciting events to history-making status (the first public relations agency opens its doors). This was a time when anything could happen thanks to innovation, grit, and communications.

We apply these themes as we partner with clients to transform innovative ideas into messages that influence markets. We find new ways to break through and rise above the noise. For this work, 1903 Public Relations was named the winner of a bronze Stevie Award for the Startup of the Year, Business Services Industries category of the 18th Annual American Business Awards.

Meet Our Team

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Katherine Verducci

CEO and Co-Founder

After growing up in the agricultural heart of the world, Katherine Verducci, founder of 1903 Public Relations, moved to Silicon Valley to pursue an education and a career in the high-tech industry. After more than a decade in Silicon Valley, she returned with her family to her roots in Fresno. Now, she is committed to partnering with companies for mutual success. Her creativity, sense of humor, and straightforward nature help her communicate with clients in a way that delivers PR campaigns aligned with business goals.

Her PR campaigns launch companies, penetrate new markets, and push organizations to new levels. Katherine has created PR strategies for companies ranging from the earliest stage startup to global campaigns for Abbott, one of the largest healthcare companies in the world. She's supported companies through M&As on both sides of the table, through funding announcements and rebrands.

With 1903 Public Relations, she has the opportunity to apply her passion for technology, creating tailored messages, and crafting innovative stories that stand out in the press, from the place she loves most—Fresno, California.

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Santiago Villegas

Account Director and Co-Founder

Before helping to create 1903 Public Relations, Santiago Villegas amassed experience from a wide variety of different industries including machine learning, cybersecurity, augmented reality, renewable energy, automation, ag tech, and environmental conservation. His work in-house and within agencies deliver substantive coverage in local, vertical, and national media.

Since stepping into a leadership role with the agency, Santiago has won gold in the 2019 Bulldog Award for PR Up and Comer, as well as a 2020 bronze Stevie Award in the Communications Professional of the Year category.

A Dinuba native who is passionate about disruptive technology, changing the world, and pushing industries forward, he is committed to working with companies that are looking to change the way things are done. A graduate of California State University, Fresno, he has deep roots in the Central Valley.

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Megan Davis

Senior Account Supervisor

Megan Davis is an experienced communications professional with more than six years driving strategic public relations campaigns for major technology, corporate, and consumer brands. With a passion for technology and media relations, Megan specializes in taking complex products and trends and making them media-friendly to generate coverage.

Prior to joining 1903 Public Relations, she worked at Edelman, the world’s largest PR firm, Cohn & Wolfe, the world's third-largest public relations firm, and a high-tech boutique agency where she represented top brands including Samsung, Cisco, Adobe, Juniper Networks, Target, 3M, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, and the Association for Computing Machinery.

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Cynthia Villarreal

Account Coordinator 

Cynthia is a passionate marketing and public relations professional, with experience working with companies in the healthcare, retail technology, IoT solutions, and software development industries. She is a resourceful, creative, and energetic account coordinator with superior writing, research, administrative and organizational skills.

Her experience consists of analyzing story angles/strategizing, building media lists, securing placements, conducting press conferences, and tracking coverage for multiple campaigns.

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Gage Carmichael

Born and raised in Fresno, California, Gage Carmichael enjoys finding what makes a story compelling, and figuring out how to sway public perceptions. Gage has worked as a journalist and opinion editor and is passionate about concisely creating messages that resonate with target audiences. He got his first taste of what a career in mass communication and journalism might be like at Fresno State University as a Public Relations major. He joined 1903 PR to help grow clients’ business and immerse himself in the enterprise technology industry.