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Alicia Thompson

Managing Director--Atlanta Office, Porter Novelli

Thompson has over two decades of experience in public relations and communications. She joins Porter Novelli from Edelman, where she was the general manager of the firm's Atlanta office. In that role, she oversaw operations and talent and was responsible for developing and maintaining a dynamic client roster. Thompson was formerly a senior vice president in Edelman's consumer practice, working with clients such as Arby's Restaurant Group, Interface, Teavana and Nestle/Gerber. Prior to that, she spent nine years on the communications team at the multinational food chain Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. During this time, she managed the development and execution of all internal and external communications. Earlier in her career, Thompson held a public relations position at The Coca-Cola Company on the North American brands team.

She began her career at The Headline Group, eventually moving on to Great American Cookies and the Atlanta office of Cohn & Wolfe.

Outside of the office, Alicia serves on the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Greater Atlanta. She is also a member of Georgia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, the Plank Center Advisory Board, the College of Charleston Department of Communication Advisory Council, Women’s Foodservice Forum, Leadership Atlanta and Board of Directors Network.

Thompson earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a master's degree in speech communications from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has earned notable recognition, including winning four PRSA Georgia Order of the Phoenix awards and being named one of the National Diversity Council's most powerful and influential women.


B.A., in English, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

M.A., in speech communications, University of North Carolina at Greensboro