Duke Gonzales has served as the Corporate Communications Specialist, Senior, for the Honolulu District of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) since September 2004. In that capacity he is responsible for all public affairs, media relations, community relations, government relations, and employee and marketing communications for USPS in Hawaii and the Pacific Basin.
Gonzales has served as a public relations practitioner for more than 25 years.
Prior to joining USPS he served as the director of public relations for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Honolulu for 13 years, and in similar positions for the University of Hawaii Alumni Association, the Waikiki Aquarium and the now-defunct Hawaii Islanders minor league professional baseball team.
Gonzales has been a member of the Hawaii chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) since 1998, and has served in various leadership positions on the chapter’s board since 1999, including chapter president in 2004. He also served as an officer on the PRSA Western District board in 2005 and 2006, and has frequently served as a chapter representative at regional and national meetings over the past decade.
Gonzales received PRSA Hawaii’s Gregg W. Perry Public Relations Professional of the Year award in 2011. This award is presented to an exemplary practitioner who, during a distinguished career, has made a major contribution to the profession and has applied public relations techniques in a professional manner to achieve meaningful objectives.
He achieved his Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) certification from PRSA in 2002. He received his bachelor’s degree in journalism, with a public relations emphasis, from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Gonzales is the proud father of a ten-year-old daughter, Gabrielle.