About Our Founder

Ken Hagihara, APR, Fellow PRSA 

With over 23 years of public relations experience, Ken helps companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in the technology, non-profit, hospitality, government, and consumer products industries build awareness and drive demand for their products and services. His extensive background as a certified electronic technician specializing in computers systems, data networking and RF communications in the military and civilian sectors, gives him the rare ability as a public relations specialist to translate complex technical information and concepts for a wide variety of audiences. 

In addition to 14 years of service as an electronic technician in the United States Air Force, Ken served 12 years as a public affairs officer in the United States Navy and recently retired as a lieutenant commander. His assignments primarily focused on planning and executing public outreach events including Navy Weeks and executive outreach campaigns throughout the country. He was also trained as a Navy Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer in support of the Defense Support of Civil Authorities.

Ken hold his Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) and is a member of the PRSA College of Fellows, the gold standard for public relations professionals. He serves on the board of directors of the Battleship IOWA Museum and future National Museum of the Surface Navy

As a lecturer at California State University, Fullerton, Ken teaches upper division public relations capstone and advanced public relations writing courses for the Department of Communications. He also serves as the director for PRactical ADvantage Communications, the college’s student-run advertising and public relations agency.  He serves as the faculty adviser for CSU Fullerton’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, and was recently elected to serve as the National PRSSA Faculty Adviser. He also serves on the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB), which is responsible for developing and implementing policy for the public relations accreditation program.

Ken earned his Masters in Communication Management at University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communications. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications (Public Relations Emphasis) from California State University Fullerton and holds an Associate of Arts degree from Orange Coast College. He has also completed graduate level work in the MBA program at the University of California, Irvine, Graduate School of Management.