Emily Carlton

Account Manager

Emily Carlton is one of HKA’s longest-tenured employees, and her multidimensional communications career spans 20 years – constantly and successfully driving the strategic public relations and marketing campaigns of small and large companies across Orange County. A passionate media relations specialist with a keen ability to find and tell compelling stories about area companies and local people, Emily has amassed a notable collection of industry awards from the Orange County Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Prior to joining HKA as Senior Account Manager, Emily worked for PowerPR, a Southern California public relations firm focused on scientific and high-technology middle-market companies. Emily also worked for American Research Institute in Long Beach, California, as a Research Assistant, where she honed advanced market research skills in high-technology sectors, including aerospace, aerodynamics, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and pharmaceuticals.

A graduate of California State University Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Emily is an avid volunteer and troop leader with Girl Scouts Orange County. When she’s not on the frontline with media, Emily can be found along the coastline, camping with her family in their beloved Airstream trailer.

Q&A with Emily

Fantasy occupation
Panda handler

A movie that never gets old
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Weekends were made for
Camping in our Airstream trailer

On my college dorm wall
No dorm for me – I saved money and lived at home

Prized possessions
My wedding rings, a little clay owl crafted by my son, my daughter’s paintings

A song I don’t mind getting stuck in my head
Anything by AC/DC

Give me an extra scoop of
Grandma Ann’s pasta salad

I would be a good game show contestant on
Netflix’s “Nailed It”

Brands I admire
Disney, Tory Burch, Tiffany, Apple

Guilty TV pleasure
Dance Moms

I’m a fan of
The Angels and The Ducks

I’m inspired by
Young people taking action to make a positive impact in the world

What I want to read inside a fortune cookie
Happiness isn’t an outside job, it’s an inside job