About Coppola PR

maria2Coppola Public Relations, based in Jacksonville, is a full-service, outsource PR consulting and management firm specializing in strategic business communications. Coppola PR takes business reputational and communications triggers and turns them into positive opportunities and outcomes. Coppola PR partners with businesses to help solve complicated challenges through effective communications solutions that build support for and facilitate understanding of critical business initiatives.

Maria Coppola, APR, CPRC is the owner and lead consultant at Coppola PR. Coppola is an accredited and certified public relations consultant with more than 15 years of agency PR consulting experience coupled with eight years of journalism experience and education.

Coppola PR currently represents small and large companies with headquarters in North Florida. Coppola PR has business communications and PR experience in finance and banking, real estate investment and management, commercial construction and development, technology, retail and higher education.

With a focus on PR for business and industry, Coppola PR has some of the most varied experience and success in the market with public and media relations. From staff and leadership changes to product and service launches to management of long-term crisis communications, Coppola PR has one of the longest track records of generating quality, positive news coverage, proactive public relations and stronger internal and external relationships in the Northeast Florida.

Coppola PR’s work for JAX2025 won a statewide 2013 Golden Image Award, the annual excellence in PR awards administered by The Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA). Her work with Community First Credit Union’s Community First Cares Foundation won a statewide Golden Image Award in 2014.

A Jacksonville native, Maria holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. She is a 2009 Women of Influence honoree as named by the Jacksonville Business Journal. She was named a 2009 Forty under 40 honoree as named by the Jacksonville Business Journal.

Coppola is a graduate and member of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2011. She also served as the 2011-12 president of the Jacksonville Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association. Coppola is a graduate of the JAX Chamber JAX Bridges program.

Our Approach

We partner with your team to align public relations with your overall business plans and goals. We are trustworthy, reliable and ethical public relations consultants. We apply a journalistic approach to all communications including media relations, employee communications, customer communications and crisis management. We provide expert strategy, counsel and direct service to our clients. We maximize every opportunity and manage timelines and deadlines so you don’t have to – giving you an edge over your competitors.

Coppola PR specializes in delivering the right message at the right time to the right audiences.


Click below to explore our public relations services.

  • Annual PR Campaigns
    • From strategic planning to implementation
    • Goal setting
    • Project management
    • Success measurements
  • Expert Media Relations
    • Identification and packaging of newsworthy opportunities
    • Professional management of all media activities
    • Spokesperson representation
    • Basic and custom media training
    • Interview coaching, training and preparation
    • Interview facilitation
    • Custom media lists and ongoing research and updates
  • Crisis Management
    • Crisis Management
    • Media relations
    • Strategy and planning
    • 24/7 client support (under contract)
  • Community Relations
    • Defining giving policies
    • Maximizing partnership opportunities
    • Guiding corporate social responsibility
  • Strategic Written Communications
    • Key messages
    • Fact sheets and Q&As
    • News releases
    • Media training documents
    • Letters and speeches
    • Editorials and advertorials
    • Blogs and online articles
    • Journalistic-style trade and by-line articles
    • Employee messaging and ambassador training.
  • Relationship and Reputation Building
    • Business connections
    • Strategic partnerships
    • Community relations
  • Staff Support and Outsource Communications
    • Marketing team partner
    • Project support for company, project and service launches
    • Short-term PR support
  • Event Planning
    • Goal setting
    • Implementation
    • Project management
    • Guest list assistance
    • Publicity
    • Vendor coordination

Your Partner


The American Lung Association in Florida contracted with Coppola Public Relations to support the launch our LUNG FORCE Run/Walk campaign in Jacksonville.  Within a very short time, Maria was able to take a national campaign and help us to customize it to our local market.  Her professionalism, drive and creativity helped us to focus in a very short time to maximize our exposer in our market.  Not only did Maria support us with this campaign, she went above and beyond by introducing our organization to media contacts that we now have existing relationships with for years to come.

Nicola Barnack | Area DirectorAmerican Lung Association in Florida

Maria Coppola’s assistance with our JAX2025 effort allowed us to nearly double our anticipated outreach and engage our target audience in planning for Jacksonville’s future. Maria’s willingness to guide us in through the turbulent waters of PR resulted in so much positive coverage we had to re-evaluate what we thought was possible.

Ben Warner | President & CEOJCCI | JAX2025 | Forward

Maria has been incredibly effective in helping to raise awareness of our program and brand throughout the region.  I was impressed with her responsiveness and the time she took to understand our business and goals before developing a comprehensive plan that really delivered.  Not only has Maria provided my organization with a valuable service, she has also taught me a lot along the way.

Jeff Winkler | DirectorRealSense | United Way Initiative

Since Maria began guiding our public relations efforts, our relationship with the local news media has become stronger. As one of our key local consultants, she makes every effort to ensure that our key messages are communicated to the media every time. This approach results in consistent coverage that is aligned with our business goals.

John Hirabayashi | CEO and PresidentCEO and President | Community First Credit Union

Maria is consistently responsive to your needs – and those needs may vary widely. From traditional PR to training and analysis, Maria has stepped in and performed.  She listens and then helps you figure out what you really need, and then builds a plan to help you accomplish it.

Margaret W. Dees | Chief Communications & Marketing OfficerJacksonville University

Global Diamonds hired Coppola PR to help integrate our business in the Jacksonville community. Maria knows the people, the city and the key organizations we are partnering with to expand our relationships. This hyper-local focus has helped us establish good brand recognition in the Jacksonville area.

Birko RolandGlobal Diamonds

Auld & White Constructors hired Coppola PR to create and oversee our communication plan for an important leadership transition within our firm.  Coppola PR put together a plan that was well thought-out and was met with extremely positive feedback from our clients, employees and the construction industry.  It was great working with Coppola PR and we’d gladly recommend the firm’s professional services.

Nathan Marty | Executive VPAuld & White Constructors

Maria has significantly improved our public relations efforts and our awareness in the community. We view Maria as a member of our team here at Mountain Star Capital. She is incredibly effective and consistently responsive to all our needs. More importantly, she is as trustworthy as any member of our staff. She is highly valued and is an asset to our group.

Christopher Lazzara | CEOMountain Star Capital

Innovative Property Solutions recently held a grand opening for our new office. Coppola PR was essential to us getting recognition and exposure for the event and our business. She created and distributed a news release about us and got us interviewed by the Jacksonville Business Journal. Because of this story and new relationship, we have been called to offer comments and analysis in other articles about real estate in the area. Maria’s help brought instant credibility to our business.

Obi & Aaron | Co-FoundersInnovative Property Solutions


Media Training and Coaching

Recently, I was asked to perform a media training and coaching session for a client I’d not worked for in an ongoing, proactive public relations capacity. Although this type of training can stand alone in some cases, media training and coaching is usually coupled with an annual PR campaign, special project or a special initiative […]


Maria Coppola, APR, CPRC

Coppola Public Relations
841 Prudential Drive Suite 1200
Jacksonville, FL  32207