We’ve added another RHockstar to the RH Strategic Seattle office! We’re thrilled to introduce our newest Associate, Gloria Rivera, who answers some questions about herself and her background.

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Tell us about your PR background prior to joining RH Strategic.

My story starts at Central Washington University, where I studied PR and Business Marketing and interned with the Central Washington University Alumni Association Advancement Team. I was a part of CWU’s Central Communication Agency, a student-run agency, where I had the privilege of working with local clients (such as the FISH Food Bank). I joined the communications team for the Seattle Sounders FC after college and helped with executing game-day presentation. I’m excited to begin my professional PR career here at RH and am looking forward to being able to learn more about the tech and healthcare industries our clients are in!

When you are not working hard for your clients, where can we find you?

You’d find me playing with my dog (Bruno), walking on the beach in my hometown of Edmonds, binge-watching “Criminal Minds” on Netflix, or doing hot yoga. I also work as a part-time family room translator for the Seattle Mariners and as a part-time game presentation assistant for the Seattle Sounders. On the weekends during the MLB and MLS seasons, you can find me at Safeco Field or CenturyLink Field!

Do you have any advice for PR pros early in their careers and looking to break into the industry?

Since I am early in my career, what I have learned thus far is the value of networking – young people don’t do it enough! Even taking advantage of a tool such as LinkedIn is crucial to building your own network of industry professionals. Also, keep the ‘student’ mindset. Every opportunity is a learning opportunity!

Where is your dream vacation spot?

My goal is to fill my passport with stamps! I have been to London, Paris, Barcelona, the Bahamas, and Costa Rica. What’s next on my list? Greece, Italy and Brazil – nothing draws me in quite like a beautiful beach!

What’s your best-kept “Seattle secret”?

Most people from Seattle think that the best views of the city are from Kerry Park or Gas Works Park. There is, however, a great alternative located on the west slope of Beacon Hill; Dr. Jose Rizal Park offers gorgeous views of downtown, the stadiums, Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains. The best part is, it’s a hidden gem so you won’t have to worry about someone photobombing your shot of the breathtaking Seattle skyline. Pro tip: go at night when the whole city is lit up; it’s incredible!

Another best-kept secret is the Smith Tower Temperance, a 20s themed bar that has a killer happy hour. The bar is on the 35th floor and has amazing views of the skyline and Elliott Bay. Make sure you get there by 8 p.m. because that’s when the last elevator heads up to the bar.

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