Brendi has 15 years of experience developing and managing strategic communications and media relations campaigns; from managing multimillion-dollar accounts and counseling Fortune 500 corporations, to launching start-ups for clients in a wide range of industries, including special events, action sports, technology and consumer products. A graduate of the prestigious Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, Brendi’s background as a writer gives her a distinct perspective on PR and media relations, enabling her to craft story angles and news hooks for clients that get attention and get covered. Brendi has secured coverage for her clients in local and national media outlets such as USA Today, Rolling Stone, Glamour, the New York Times, “Good Morning America,” BusinessWeek and Forbes, to name a few. Brendi has developed a reputation among her clients as a strategic and creative thinker, expert writer and crisis counselor.
Prior to starting Lee & London, Brendi co-founded the lifestyle PR agency Limelight Public Relations and prior to that spent five years in the San Diego office of global PR firm Porter Novelli, working both in public affairs and on the company’s national media relations team. Brendi has a strong background in campaigns for major Calif. ballot initiatives and has worked in partnership with numerous local and state agencies on press conferences, ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings. Her background as a writer gives her the ability to thrive under pressure and meet deadlines, while her experience in government relations has taught her the importance of leaving egos at the door and working as a team player.
Brendi’s experience includes strategic facilitation of branding and market positioning initiatives for emerging brands, as well as media and message training. Brendi has earned over a dozen industry awards for public relations, including several Silver Bernays awards and was a finalist for a national PRSA Silver Anvil. Brendi was named one of San Diego’s “40 Under 40” young entrepreneurs by San Diego Metropolitan magazine. In her spare time, Brendi continues to work as a freelance writer and is a professional oboist who plays regularly with the La Jolla Symphony.