Bay Area PR Agency Panel

6 p.m. Tuesday, October 29 in DBH 117

Join leading public relations and communications practitioners from top Bay Area agencies for an immersive panel in DBH 117. In addition to networking with light snacks and refreshments, we will be discussing topics for career readiness, including:

  • Pros and cons between working at an agency, or in-house at a corporation
  • Balancing client needs with agency priorities
  • Advice for new grads on landing your first job
  • Tips for career growth in the Bay Area
  • Insight on working in B2B or B2C communications

Following the panel, there will be opportunities to ask questions and mingle with the professionals listed below. Each agency participating has a variety of internships and entry-level roles available throughout the year: time to get networking!

Agency Panelists

Melissa Lewelling, account manager

After graduating from SJSU, Melissa began working at The Hoffman Agency as an Account Coordinator. Five years later, Melissa is an Account Manager and specializes in telling stories for B2B organizations from downtown San José! Connect with Melissa on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Mike Sanchez, account executive

Mike started his PR journey four years ago at FleishmanHillard. Today, he’s an AE at Edelman and specializes in Enterprise Technology, the Cannabis Industry and Startups. Connect with Mike on LinkedIn and Twitter!

Hannah Boss, senior account executive

Hannah began her PR journey as a public relations intern. With three years’ experience, she’s now a Sr. AE at Highwire PR and specializes in Tech! Connect with Hannah on LinkedIn.

RJ Jovellanos, senior account executive

RJ began his public relations journey five years ago as a PR intern for Ubisoft. Today, his career continues to focus on Esports and gaming for global accounts as a Sr. AE at Ogilvy. Connect with RJ on LinkedIn and Twitter!

Marissa Musso, junior account strategist

After college, Marissa began her PR journey as an intern at Praytell. Today, Marissa continues creative agency work as a Jr. Account Strategist, focusing on consumer PR and strategy. Connect with Marissa on LinkedIn and Twitter!

Ashley Nakano, director

Ten years ago, Ashely accepted her first job out of college as a multimedia journalist at North State Public Radio. Today, she is the Director of Sterling Communications and specializes in public relations, emerging technology and venture capital. Connect with Ashley on LinkedIn and Twitter!

Jocelyn Arellano, account executive

Jocelyn is a PRSSA SJSU alumna who began her internship with Zeno Group two years ago. Today, she is an AE and specializes in B2B Tech (business-to-business technology). Connect with Jocelyn on LinkedIn and Twitter!

Juliet Fox, associate creative director

Juliet began her career as a Jr. Copywriter at SpotCo in NYC. Today, she is an Associate Creative Director where she specializes creative concepting for earned media and digital campaign development. Connect with Juliet on LinkedIn!

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