A native Texan, Patricia Bernstein was born in El Paso and raised in Dallas. She attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, graduating with a Degree of Distinction in American Studies. She was named to Phi Beta Kappa her junior year. Following her graduation, she taught English at Smith for four years.
Ms. Bernstein founded her own public relations firm, Bernstein & Associates, Inc., in Houston in 1983. Her clients over the years have included, the following, among many others:
- Blue Bell Creameries
- Spencer Stuart, the global executive recruitment firm
- Greenberg Traurig LLP
- Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
- Pierce & O’Neill, LLP
- Izkali Tequila
- Porter & Hedges LLP
- West Marine, a national chain of boating accessory stores
- Patterson & Sheridan LLP, an intellectual property law firm
- Thompson & Knight LLP
- Americans for Immigration Reform, an organization established by the Greater Houston Partnership
- American Express
- Coca Cola U.S.A.
- Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
- Marriott Corporation
- Gray Reed & McGraw PC
- O’Reilly & Danko, a California plaintiffs law firm
- Whole Earth Provision Company, a Texas nature/travel retailer
- Mercer, a human resources and financial consulting firm
- Calais Homes
- Pulte Home Corporation
Ms. Bernstein is also a writer and historian, who has published numerous articles in publications as varied as Texas Monthly, The Smithsonian, and Cosmopolitan. Her first book, Having a Baby: Mothers Tell Their Stories, a collection of first-person childbirth experiences from the 1890s to the 1990s, was published by Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.
Her second book, The First Waco Horror: the Lynching of Jesse Washington and the Rise of the NAACP, was published by Texas A&M University Press. She recently completed her third book, Ten Dollars to Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought the Klan, to be published in early 2017, about a young Texas district attorney who became the first prosecutor in the U.S. to successfully convict and jail members of the massive second incarnation of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s.
Marie Piazza has been employed with Bernstein & Associates, Inc., since 1984. Prior to joining Bernstein & Associates, she was an employee benefits specialist in the human resources department at Medical Center Del Oro Hospital in Houston.
In addition to her duties as office manager, Ms. Piazza is also responsible for the production of collateral pieces for Bernstein & Associates clients. Her work has included producing client websites, brochures, convention exhibits, print ads and editorial reprints. Ms. Piazza also coordinates client media placements.