About Us

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Eagle Communications is American University’s student-run, nationally affiliated public relations firm, dedicated to producing high quality work for clients and developing professional skills. Students in Eagle Communications build on the foundation of skills learned in the classroom by working with real clients from the university and the DC area, preparing them to enter the professional world of PR. We specialize in doing what we know best — providing a millennial perspective to inspire action and overcome challenges for our clients. Our skills range from event planning to social media to campaign review–all with the mission of helping clients reach their audience and reach their goals.





The mission of Eagle Communications is two-fold: providing experience and providing solutions. We aim to give each firm member relevant, hands-on public relations experience to prepare them for internships and jobs in the field beyond graduation. Firm work allows the members to use the skills from the classroom and create a professional portfolio of PR work.

As a firm, our mission is to provide creative solutions for our clients. Using a unique perspective as millennial college students, we can evaluate campaigns, identify opportunities and provide creative solutions to effectively reach audiences.

Want to get involved in Eagle Communications? Email eaglecommunications@auprssa.org!

Firm Director



Alex Downing is the director of Eagle Communications, American University’s student-run firm. He is a senior with a major in Public Relations and Strategic Communications and a minor in Marketing. Alex grew up just outside Pittsburgh and is a huge sports fan, frequently attending Pirates, Penguins and Steelers games as well as Nationals games while in D.C. Along with PRSSA, Alex is involved with the AU Pep Band where he plays the saxophone at volleyball and basketball games throughout the year. He is excited to lead Eagle Comm this semester and is open to any questions at eaglecommunications@auprssa.org!

2018-2019 Clients

Project Petals is a community development, educational enrichment and revitalization organization. Their aim is to improve and restore communities.

Project Petals is working to solve community development and detrimental environmental conditions in under-served communities. The purpose of Project Petals is to alleviate the socio-economic divide and bring awareness to environmental and urban degradation issues that stunt development. The purpose is to provide and help people to access resources that will help them prosper in their environment and foster leadership. Project Petals acts as an advocate, and pushes for progressive changes, by creating educational programs, sustainability and service incubators.
Gillie Haynes is a poet, author, American University professor and public speaking guru. She has published two books of poetry, “Sounds Like a Poem to Me” and “‘Cause I Was Feeling IMG_2553Mighty and Free.” Her small business, Simply Speaking, produces seminars that offer techniques for improving public speaking in the business and education fields. She has hosted these workshops across the country and even in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam! Gillie also currently teaches Public Speaking courses at American University.
Washington Media Group is a DC-based strategic communications and media firm with global clients spanning four continents. With a focus on technology, infrastructure and public affairs, WMG provides award-winning PR, marketing and digital media 

consultation to clients like CitiBank, The World Wildlife Fund and Ogilvy. President Robert Johnson and Director of Special Projects Crystal Zhao have worked closely with Eagle Communications to form a partnership providing members with an inside look at how a real DC firm operates as well as working together on campaigns for some of their clients.