Emma Finkbeiner is a graduate student at DePaul University in Chicago pursuing a master’s degree in public relations and advertising. She is an alumna of Northern Michigan University (NMU) with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and journalism.
Finkbeiner joined the NMU Chapter of PRSSA her sophomore year and quickly became an active member. Finkbeiner began writing for FORUM and Progressions within months of joining PRSSA. She served as a campaign-head for the annual Hometown Pizza Taste-Off campaign that raises money for a different charity each year before running for Chapter president in April 2014. She became Chapter president for the 2014–2015 school year. Finkbeiner was elected as the National Assembly delegate for NMU and traveled to Portland, Oregon, to elect the 2015–2016 National Committee as well as to bid for the position of PRSSA National Publications Editor in Chief.
As the editor in chief, Finkbeiner initiated a redesign of the tri-annual newspaper FORUM and proceeded to publish all three issues on time with an increasing amount of content and engagement while simultaneously running the national blog Progressions. She also participated in the website redesign task force, which she will help lead as National President, and the dues increase bylaw amendment proposal.
Finkbeiner served as the news editor of NMU’s award-winning student newspaper, The North Wind, during her fall 2014 undergraduate semester and ascended to editor in chief for the winter 2015 semester. During her time with the paper, she earned the Michigan Press Association Foundation Scholarship.
Finkbeiner also held positions as a resident adviser at NMU and led an independent research project on higher education and job growth in the Upper Peninsula through the Michigan Governor’s Northern Michigan Office. She interned with Invent@NMU, a hardware development think tank in Marquette, where she implemented media relations tactics for the organization and its clients and increased their campus and community presence.
In her spare time, Finkbeiner enjoys reading, freelance writing, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
“It’s amazing how much can be accomplished if it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.” — Betsy Plank