Chris Di Salvo

Chris Di Salvo

Owner-Principal Professional Effects / Adjunct Professor of Public Relations

Office: DBH 220


Telephone: (408) 506-0455 / (408) 506-0455


Christine Di Salvo has owned and operated Professional Effects, a public relations consulting firm since 1984.  She specializes in public relations strategy, media relations and event planning.  Currently she is the associate producer for the Unique Lives and Experiences lecture series which is now in its thirteenth year in San Jose and Campbell. Past speakers include: Michelle Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Malala Yousafzai,  Gloria Steinem, Shirley MacLaine, Jane Fonda, Madeleine Albright and more.

Ms. Di Salvo is very active in the San Jose community. She is a member of the Rotary Club of San Jose and a past member of the board of directors of this organization.  She is also past-president of the foundation board.

Ms. Di Salvo is former chairperson of the County of Santa Clara Florence, Italy, Sister County-Commission.

She is a former member of the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the board of directors for eight years. She is a past Commissioner for the City of San Jose Parks & Recreation Department, and past president of the YWCA Board of Directors of Santa Clara County. She is past-president of the South Bay Public Relations Roundtable and the 1991 Chairperson for Women In Business, a San Jose Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce program. She is also editorial writer for San Jose-Silicon Valley: Primed for the 21st Century, a book that was published in 1997.

Since 1995, Ms. Di Salvo has taught public relations as an adjunct professor in San Jose State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communications program where she has had the opportunity to teach students through courses such as the Student Advertising and Public Relations Agency, Special Event Management, Public Relations Campaigns as well as Media Writing techniques.