- Founder, Aker Ink
- Specializes PR and marketing for B2B growth industries
- Former journalist
- Top Business Leader Under 40, Az Business
- Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 35, The Arizona Republic
- Consistent industry accolades
- Active community partner
Andrea Aker is the founder of Aker Ink, a PR and marketing communications firm specializing B2B growth industries and professional services. Her creativity and keen business sense have helped companies nationwide break barriers, engage with new audiences and exceed business development goals. She has played a pivotal role in numerous business transitions, and helped both startups and established companies gain critical awareness contributing to explosive growth.
Prior to founding Aker Ink in 2007, Andrea served as the Public Relations Director for a respected PR and marketing agency in the B2B sphere, where she was responsible for building and promoting local and national brands. Before that, she was a journalist for print, online and broadcast outlets.
Az Business Magazine recognized Andrea as one of the state’s top business leaders under 40 in 2015, and The Arizona Republic declared her among the Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35 in 2016. As well, Andrea’s work has earned accolades from the American Marketing Association and the Arizona Interactive Marketing Association.
Andrea earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Arizona and a Master of Mass Communication from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism with a specialization in online media. She graduated from ASU at the top of her class and was inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha, the National Honor Society of Journalism and Mass Communication, an honor reserved for the top 10 percent of graduates nationally. In 2018, Andrea launched the annual Aker Ink Scholarship at ASU for an undergraduate journalism or PR student.
Andrea is an active partner with Social Venture Partners Arizona, a network of philanthropists who take a venture capital approach to funding nonprofits. She is a former member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and currently serves on the Communications Committee. Since 2013, she has helped the organization with the grantor process and provided promotional and planning support for annual events.
Andrea is also a member of the Public Relations Society of America, Phoenix chapter. She is a former member of the Board of Directors and has volunteered on numerous committees to help advance the association and the profession. Further, Andrea has served on the Board of Directors for Scottsdale Leadership, a nationally recognized leadership and community stewardship program. She graduated from the Scottsdale Leadership core program in 2014 (Class 28).