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.
Jennifer handles new business development and client services for Lee & London, building on her extensive career in sales and corporate recruiting. Prior to joining the agency, Jennifer was a senior recruiter at Starbucks for the company’s Western Regional Division. Jennifer is also a culinary expert, and was part of the founding duo of the popular gastro truck, the Gooch, which specialized in comfort food with a twist. The company was a fan favorite at every Chargers home game and appeared at top events and venues across the County including Green Flash Brewery and the San Diego Festival of Beer. Jennifer brings her extensive knowledge of hospitality and her successful career in sales and recruiting to her position as director of new business development. In addition, Jennifer serves as a mentor to staff, providing direction, training, development and motivation as well as overseeing team productivity.
Leena, a west coast native, studied music at California State University, Northridge, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree. After several years pursuing a songwriting career and working briefly on the business side of music, she ventured into the blogging world in 2012, when she launched her fashion blog, Leather & Lip Gloss. Since moving to Nashville in 2007, Leena’s blog has catapulted her career into the media field. She has written for sites like Life as Mama, opeeqo and Culture Trip, and has created content for several celebrity influencers. With an editorial background and experience in digital media, the field of public relations has recently weaved its way onto Leena’s resume. She looks forward to assisting in the expansion of Lee & London throughout the greater Nashville area. When she’s not plugging away at media placements and writing assignments, Leena spends her days chasing around her two toddlers and trying to deny that her husband is, in fact, her third child.
Corinne comes to Lee and London from a PR firm in Hollywood, which focused on talent in film, television and music. Her experience working red carpets for celebrity clients, and her knowledge of the entertainment media, make her a natural addition to the Lee and London team. Prior to working in public relations, Corinne spent five years as a journalist and worked for NBC San Diego as an assignment editor and web producer. She also ran the intern program, making her the perfect person to run Lee and London’s program. Corinne received her degree in sports journalism from Oklahoma State University and was a sports writer for several publications including Northwest Arkansas Newspapers and the Arkansas Gazette.
Stephanie was born and raised in San Diego and graduated from San Diego State University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Communication. This educational background has provided Stephanie with skills to create quality writing for target audiences and develop relationships with the media through effective communication. It has also allowed her to understand marketing, SEO and social media and how they intertwine in the public relations field.
In her spare time, Stephanie likes to go to the gym, hang out with her family, and listen to music, anything from country to reggaeton. Stephanie also has a passion for photography, videography, and graphic design. She dreams of staying in San Diego and opening her own cafe.
Cynthia Yantz was born and raised in San Diego, California and is a Communication Studies major at the University of San Diego. Cynthia is the Director of Media Operations for the university and has past experience writing for her school newspaper and was also the Executive Producer for USDtv News. She is excited to learn more about public relations at Lee & London and gain more experience with PR. When Cynthia is not in school she can most likely be found at her CrossFit gym, at the beach, or baking!
Avery was born and raised outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a public relations major at San Diego State University. Avery currently manages her sorority’s social media accounts and has experience working on PR campaigns and planning special events. She loves public relations because it allows her to meet many different people including clients, colleagues, brands and influencers, and other PR professionals. She is excited to continue to learn and refine her skills in public relations, social media and digital marketing. When Avery is not in school or working, she can probably be found eating ice cream in her living room with her roommates, hanging out in a coffee shop or laying on the beach.