Stephanie Petelos

Public Relations Professional * Birmingham, Alabama 

205.516.8103 * 


I get to help write and tell stories everyday. 

At the University of Alabama I studied economics and environmental studies. While pursuing my degrees I had the opportunity to spend a semester studying in the field in the Grand Canyon, as well as multiple international trips. While in school I also was privileged to serve as the state chair for the College Republicans Federation of Alabama. 

After earning a BS in Environmental Studies and BA in Economics I've been practicing an exciting public relations career. I love working with a dynamic team, as we tell stories for a wide range of organizations and causes. 


Work Experience

Account Executive, Direct Communications; July 2015- Present



Account Coordinator, Direct Communications; August 2014- July 2015

• Work with a range of organizations, businesses, and nonprofits to place earned media stories in newspapers, television, and radio news outlets.

• Draft and edit press releases, letters to the editors, opinion pieces, social media content and other special letters and materials. 

• Pitch stories to various media outlets.

• Assist in event planning and press conference coordination; including logistical coordination, drafting talking points, invitations to key influencers and media.

• Coalition building on the grassroots and grass tops around the state for numerous interests and issues. 

• Assist in strategic planning and messaging for legislative issues impacting Alabama. 


Trip Leader, SOAR Camp, North Carolina & Florida; Summer 2012

• I was responsible for the safety and health of up to ten students with learning disabilities during outdoor adventure trips.


Media and Government Relations Representative, ProctorU; January 2015- July 2014

• Assisted in public relations campaigns to national and local media outlets, securing over three dozen published articles, including many interviews on radio and podcasts for C suite executives. 

• Monitored traditional and social media outlets to provide insights into the online education market.

• Worked closely with ProctorU’s DC lobbying firm in strategy and messaging on federal issues impacting online education and online security.

• Monitored legislative sessions and tracked bills in multiple states.

• Lobbied Alabama and Florida legislatures in the 2013 session.

• Assisted in special research projects and event planning.

• Served as ProctorU's representative for chambers of commerce and other community events.

Public Affairs Representative & Online Test Proctor, ProctorU; August 2013- December 2013

• Assisted with public relations campaigns for national, local, education and trade publications. 

• Wrote, distributed and pitched press releases. 

• Built and maintained relationships with reporters, bloggers, journalists and key influencers in online education. 

• Researched online education policy, competitors' marketing campaigns and media coverage of online education.

• Proctored online tests for students around the country via webcam and screen sharing technology.

• Provided customer service and prompt technical support for online test takers.  


Sale Associate, Twice As Nice, Tuscaloosa, AL; January-April 2012

• Sorted clothing for consignment and donations

• Priced and tagged items

• Restocked clothing racks


Water Ski Instructor/ Lifeguard, Camp Echo, New York; Summer 2011

• I oversaw the safety of dozens of children on a daily basis at their trips to the lake.


Bachelors of Arts

• Economics

• University of Alabama 2013

Bachelors of Science

• Interdisciplinary Studies, focus- Environmental Studies

• University of Alabama 2013




Academic Achievements

• Phi Sigma Pi Honors fraternity

• Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society

• National Society of Collegiate Scholars

• Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society

• Honors College member



Activities & Community Involvement


• Young Republicans Federation of Alabama, District 7 Chair; April 2013-present

• Greater Birmingham Young Republicans, State Committeewoman; November 2014- November 2015

• Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee, District 56 Representative; November 2014- present






College Activities

• College Republicans Federation of Alabama, State Chair; April 2013- March 2014

• Pi Beta Phi social sorority

• University of Alabama College Republicans- President 2013,Vice President 2012-13, Recruitment officer 2011

• Writer, The Odyssey Student Newspaper 12-13

• SGA; Assistant Director of Programming 2012-2013

• Greek Orthodox Christian Fellowship

• Phi Sigma Pi- Public Relations Chair

• International Relations Club

• Model United Nations

• Creative Campus Intern 2010-2011

• Freshman Forum- Chair of Global and Diversity Committee 2009-10

• Freshman Forum Advisor


Web design

• Basic front end web design

• Proficient on WordPress

• Proficient on GoDaddy website builder




Basic and Advanced Computer Skills

• Microsoft Word

• Microsoft Excel

• Microsoft Powerpoint

• Photoshop

• Prezi, online presentations

• Canva, online graphic design

• Video editing with Apple iMovie




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