Ware Malcomb advances marketing team leader to director of PR, communications

Newark-based Ware Malcomb on Thursday announced it elevated Maria Rodgers to director, public relations and communications. In her new role, Rodgers will focus on further expanding the firm’s media and communications programs and gaining exposure for Ware Malcomb’s growing number of offices across the Americas.

Rodgers joined the international design firm in 2014 as marketing coordinator and, in 2018, took on responsibility for the firm’s public relations program. In 2020, she transitioned from the Irvine headquarters to the Newark office. In 2022, she was promoted to PR & communications manager, helping to secure a record number of media mentions for Ware Malcomb. Throughout her career, Rodgers has managed significant communications initiatives for the firm, including PR strategy, thought leadership, media relations, social media, digital marketing and design awards/rankings.

“Maria is an invaluable leader on the marketing team,” Maureen Bissonnette, principal, marketing, for Ware Malcomb said. “Her drive, collaboration and commitment to the success of our team and firm have helped us attain new levels in our industry. We are appreciative of her dedication and congratulate her on this promotion.”

In addition to her public relations leadership, Rodgers is a member of Ware Malcomb’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Communications Committee. She also collaborates with the strategic initiatives and human resources teams on internal and executive communications, as well as leadership onboarding.