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Reaching out to experienced professionals for networking or informational interviews can be stressful. To help, we’ve teamed up with talented experts from all over the PR, Communications and Marketing industry, with one thing in common — helping you. 

This list is made up of experienced professionals who are making themselves available and open to informational interviews, virtual coffees and networking. Find someone who inspires you, connect on LinkedIn and let them know NNS sent you. Good luck!

MEET THE MENTORS

Jason Gerdon
Jason Gerdon
Global PR Director
@ Oracle
Shireen Qudosi
Shireen Qudosi
Writer, Speaker & Consultant
Amanda Nelson
Amanda Nelson
Director of Communications
@ San Diego Housing Federation
Chief Product Officer
Paul Cockerton
Chief Product Officer
@ Clarity Global
Katherine Saldivar
Katherine Saldivar
Sr. Account Executive@ H+M Communications
Julia Yuryev
Julia Yuryev
Vice President
Murphy O’Brien PR
Lizz Mishreki
Lizz Mishreki
Director of PR
@ Concordia University Irvine
Katie Lansford
Katie Lansford
Communications Marketing Specialist
@ Altec
Cheryl Bame
Cheryl Bame
Principal, Bame PR
Jessica Clifton
Jessica Clifton
Head of Brand Marketing & Media
@ Media Monks
Heidi Hagberg
Heidi Hagberg
Senior Communications Manager
@ GoFundMe
Dana Cassell
Dana Cassell
Marketing & Strategy Consultant
Matt Lush
Matt Lush
Content Marketing Manager
@ Clear Capital
hugo Perez
Hugo Perez
Chief Storyteller
@ Local Boy
David Libby
David Libby
President
@ 2pinz.com
Andrew Ducote
Andrew Ducote
Head of Production
@ Taco Bell Corp.
Brandon Vance
Brandon Vance
Assistant Brand Marketing Manager
@ Otter Products & LifeProof Brands
Trip Owens
Trip Owens
Marketing Communication Specialist
@ Altec Inc.
Kimia Kalbasi
Kimia Kalbasi
Marketing Manager, Social & Influencer Relations
@ Pill Club
Sonal Mishra
Sonal Mishra
Marketing Consultant
@ sonalmishra.co
Rachel Burns
Rachel Burns
Team Lead, External Relations
@ Hyland
Brett Weiner
Brett Weiner
Partner
@ LaunchSquad
Geoffrey Kutnick
Geoffrey Kutnick
Chief Content Officer
@ Growthbuster Inc.
Robyn Smith
Robyn Smith
PR Manager
@ Ubisoft
Mary Ann Schoppman
Mary Ann Schoppman
Sr. Manager, External Communications at PepsiCo
Nichole Teixeira
Nichole Teixeira
PR Manager
@ Sleep Number Corporation
Kirk Anderson
Kirk Anderson
Brand Content Producer
@ Taco Bell Corp.
Greg Young
Greg Young
Sr. Director, Marketing
@ Experian (Health)
Emily Erskine
Emily Erskine
Vice President
@ Edelman
Krysten Cabrera
Krysten Cabrera
Senior Director, TV + Streaming
@ Digital Media Management
Jessica Bonfig
Jessica Bonfig
Senior Producer
@ MERGE
Michael Patino
Michael Patino
Managing Director & CEO
@ Patino Associates
Kellie Daniel
Kellie Daniel
Founder
@ Second Act Media
Cynthia Lynn Rivera
Cynthia Rivera
Tradeshow Coordinator
@ InBody
Stephanie Corsino
Stephanie Corsino
Assistant Manager, MICE
@ Hong Kong Tourism Board
Camden Robertson
Camden Robertson
Manager, Global Communications
@ McDonald's
Olivia Ortiz
Olivia Ortiz
Public Relations Lead
@ Dutch Bros Coffee
Tiffany Aguinaldo
Tiffany Aguinaldo
Brand Specialist
@ LPA, Inc.
Jenny Wedge
Jenny Wedge
Director Of Public & Community Relations
@ Travel Costa Mesa
Ben Butler
Founder & CEO
@ Top Hat
Tatiana Fernandez
Tatiana Fernandez
Social Strategist
@ POPSUGAR
Jill Knisley
Jill Knisley
Managing Director, Client Relationship Manager
@ Edelman
Stacy Schroeder
Stacy Schroeder
Global Marketing Leader – Social Media
April Romeos
Kristin Blake
Global Corporate Comms Manager
@ Anaergia
Lizzie Killian
Lizzie Killian
Founder
@ FIFTYcc
Scott Brown
Scott Brown
CEO
@ Marketing Online Specialists
Amanda Levine
Amanda Levine
CEO/Founder
@ Ruler Branded Entertainment
Nick Shepherd
Nick Shepherd
Account Director
@ TriplePoint
Maggie Thomas
Maggie Thomas
Sr. Manager, Digital Marketing
@ The Habit Burger Grill
Aditya Shahi
Aditya Shahi
Senior Investment Analyst
@ Private Trust
Jose Marin
Jose Marin
Employee Communications & Culture Manager
@ Experian Health
Myreete Wolford
Myreete Wolford
Manager
@Ketchum
Ryan Rimsnider
Ryan Rimsnider
Sr. Lead, Brand & Culture
@ T-Mobile
Caroline Klein
Caroline Klein
Chief Communications Officer
@ Preferred Hotel Group
Kara Handley
Kara Handley
Public Affairs Officer
@ U.S. Navy
Laura Bowman
Laura Bowman
Senior Manager of Advertising & Promotions
@ John's Incredible Pizza Co.
Rina Foster
Rina Foster
Founder + CEO
@ 84 Communications
Veronica Mingrone
Veronica Mingrone
Marketing Analysis & Reporting Lead
@ New York Life Insurance
Elliot Choueka
Elliot Choueka
Sr. Producer
@ HSBC
Holly Hua
Holly Hua
Associate PR Manager
@ Ubisoft
Paul Diamond
Paul Diamond
Sr. Marketing Manager - Visuals & Experiences
@ Microsoft
Adeniz Villar
Adeniz Villar
Digital Marketing & Social Strategy Consultant
@ Talent & Brands
Jenelle Bringer
Jenelle Bringer
Sr. Manager, Creative Operations
@ Peacock at NBCU
Tiana Noveen
Tiana Noveen
Digital Marketing & Social Media Manager, B2B
@ Unity Technologies
Austin Malcolm
Austin Malcolm
Brand Manager
@ Aspyr Media
Brian Price
Brian Price
Global Comms Business Partner
@ AXIS Capital
Scott Pansky
Scott Pansky
Co-Founder
@ Allison + Partners
Robin Wachner
Robin Wachner
Corporate Communications
Justin Herndon
Justin Herndon
Communications Leader
@ Allstate
Andy Duenas
Andy Duenas
Senior Associate Of Communications
@ JPMorgan Chase
Charli Sharp
Charli Sharp
Founding Partner
@ Sharp Development Partners
Jessica Piha-Grafstein
Jessica Piha-Grafstein
Director of Corp Comms & PR
@Funko
Alicia Mistry
Alicia Mistry
Senior Publicist
@ Wicked+
Melody Maleitzke
Melody Maleitzke
Founder
@ Social Media Strategic Consultant
Alexia Marchetti
Alexia Machetti
Director of Communications
@ Calm
Rachel Stoll
Rachel Stoll
Founder / Digital Strategist
@ Persephone Digital
Ryan Romeos
Ryan Romeos
Marketing Manager
@ HyperX
Shannon L. Kozee
Shannon Kozee
Marketing Manager
@ Compassion International
Kevin Kleine
Kevin Kleine
Account Director
@ Future
Sinead Conlon
Sinead Conlon
Public Relations Manager
@ Panera Bread
Jerry Ascierto
Jerry Ascierto
Managing Editor
@ American Automobile Association
Jess Hines
Jess Hines
Digital Content Strategist
@ Humana
Ashley Kummer
Ashley Kummer
Communications Coordinator
@ Sports Innovation Lab
Tiffany Aldrich
Tiffany Aldrich
Sr. Manager, Corporate Communications
@ Esperion
James Alley
James Alley
Director Of Communications
@ Orange County Business Council
Gabe Medeiros
Gabe Medeiros
Manager, Social Media
@Johnson & Johnson
Kelly Kaplan
Kelly Kaplan
Sr, Manager, Communications
@ Boeing
Amanda Nogaki
Amanda Nogaki
Social Media Analyst
@ Hot Topic
Charlene Lebrun
Charlene Lebrun
Director / Publicist
@ PLAYER TWO PR
David Lurie
David Lurie
Senior Vice President
@ Teneo
Ellie Lang
Ellie Lang
Senior Account Supervisor, Health Media
@ Edelman
Carina Calhoun
Carina Calhoun
PR & Internal Comms Manager
@ Behr Paint Company
Amanda Corrigan
Amanda Corrigan
Public Relations Manager
@ Kajabi
Meesha Branch
Meesha Branch
Owner & CEO
@ Deanar Consulting
steve imm
Steve Imm
Head of Mobility PR
@ Uber
Melissa Mowery
Melissa Mowery
Sr. Consultant
@ APCO Worldwide
Daniel Roshiri
Daniel Roshiri
Partner/Chief Growth Officer
@ LetzChat, Inc
Kendall Huber
Kendall Huber
Account Manager
@ Power Digital Marketing
Matt Prince Net Net Synergy
Matt Prince
Sr. Manager, PR & Brand Experience
@ Taco Bell Corp.
Christopher Duran
Christopher Duran
Marketing & Public Relations Manager
@ BoxLunch
Sonia Barak
Sonia Barak
Brand Manager
@ Taco Bell Corp.
Olivia Adams
Olivia Adams
Communications & PR Specialist
@ Configura
Anakaren Cárdenas Ureño
Anakaren Cárdenas Ureño
Public Information Officer
@ Los Angeles County Office of Education
Devon O'Connell
Devon O’Connell
Marketing Manager
@ Resort Properties at Irvine Company
Daley Michael
Daley Michael
Account Manager
@ Allison+Partners
May Oo
May Oo
Head of Marketing
@ Memories Group
Erica Ettori
Erica Ettori
Director of Communications
@ Walt Disney World
Nycole Hampton
Nycole Hampton
Senior Vice President, Digital
@ MWW
Danny Sanchez
Danny Sanchez
Sr. Manager, Comms & Spanish Media Relations
@ San Diego Padres
Jenna Scull
Jenna Scull
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
@ Visit Bucks County
Vanessa Showalter
Vanessa Showalter
Corporate PR Manager
@ Allied Universal
Paul Garcia
Paul Garcia
Formerly VP Of Global Communications
@ Visit WeHo
Sorrel Geddes
Sorrel Geddes
SVP, US Production and Events
@ British Film Commission
Vy Spear
Vy Spear
Manager, Corporate Communications
@ Preferred Hotels& Resorts
Mike Delgado
Mike Delgado
Director Of Social Media (U.S & Global)
@ Experian
Kristin Daher
Kristin Daher
President & Chief Storyteller
@ Powerhouse Communications
John Garretson
Manager, Global Communications
@ Prudential
Sarah Swensson King
Sarah Swensson King
Director Of Community Outreach
@ Costin Public Outreach Group
Danielle Ernest
Danielle Ernest
Corporate Affairs Manager, Social Media
@ Amgen
Caiti Franscell
Caiti Franscell
Account Manager
@ Wayward Kind
Brad Hilderbrand
Brad Hilderbrand
Senior Public Relations Manager
@ Microsoft
Ryan Gray
Ryan Gray
Head Of Revenue
@ Gattaca Media
Yazmeen Salama
Yazmeen Salama
Senior Account Manager
@ Motoza Digital Marketing
Mario Kroll
Mario Kroll
President
@ UberStrategist Inc
Ana Takakuwa
Ana Takakuwa
Account executive
@ EffecTV
Katie Ballay
Katie Ballay
VP, Communications and Marketing
Cory Williams
Cory Williams
Social Media Manager
@ Scotts-Miracle Gro
April Romeos
April Romeos
Marketing Manager
@ NuBridge Commercial Lending
Brett Burger
Brett Burger
Public Relations Specialist
@ Sleep Number
Will Vogel
Will Vogel
Senior Account Executive
@ Clarity PR
Anna Rendel
Anna Rendel
Project Manager
@ Kohler Company
Suzette Ford-Duffus
Suzette Ford-Duffus
Sr. Manager Events
@ Taco Bell Corp.
Ryan Galluppi
Ryan Galluppi
Head of Music Campaign Marketing
@ Twitch
Joanne Sabenicio
Joanne Sabenicio
Junior Campaign Manager
@ Influential
Travis Parman
Travis Parman
Chief Communications Officer
@ AppHarvest
Sarah Chandler
Sarah Chandler
Business Development Executive
@ IBM
Jacquie Hudson
Jacquie Hudson
External Relations Specialist
@ McKinsey
Heather Wong
Heather Wong
Director of Communications
@ FUSION OF IDEAS
Zoe Berry
Zoe Berry
Founder
@ Berry Branding Co
Fernando Barretto
Fernando Barretto
Group Director Of Account
@ Deutsch LA
Ashkan Payami
Ash Payami
Sr. Manager, Global Sales & Distribution
@ Lionsgate
Neha Harve
Neha Harve
Account Associate
@ Highwire PR
Amber Albrecht
Amber Albrecht, APR
Vice President
@ Allison+Partners
Chris Navalta
Chris Navalta
PR Manager
@ Ubisoft
Justine Houston-Brown
Justine Houston-Brown
Senior Account Executive
@ Rocket Launch Marketing & Public Relations
Deidre Weight
Deidre Weight
Manager, Influencer & Brand Partnerships
Suja Organic
Rob Shapiro
Rob Shapiro
VP of Product Strategy
@ Muck Rack
Adam Morgan
Adam Morgan
Senior Director, Global Communications & Marketing
@ Bristow Group, Inc.
David Ebeling
David Ebeling
Owner
@ Ebeling Communications
Robyn Fink
Robyn Fink
Director or PR/Partnerships
@ CKE Restaurants (Carl's Jr/Hardees)
Cynthia Chandler
Cynthia Chandler
Communications Director
@ ParkerAerospace
Christina Hernandez
Christina Hernandez
Sr. Global Design Manager, Architecture & Design
@ Taco Bell Corp.
Allie Roda
Allie Roda
Assistant Brand Manager
@ Beachbody
Rebecca Haber
Rebecca Haber
Project Manager, New Media Marketing
@ Marvel Entertainment
Vivian Huang
Vivian Huang
Digital Marketing Manager
@ Firewood Marketing
Mita Padhi
Mita Padhi
Group Manager, Digital Customer Experience
@Starbucks
Doug Barasch
Doug Barasch
Global Brand Storyteller
@ Freelance
Amber Kazalbash
Amber Kazalbash
Sr. Strategist
@ R/GA
Scott Talan
Scott Talan
Professor
@ American University
Brenda Andrews Lazarus
Brenda Andrews Lazarus
Chief of People Success
@ Consulting
Octavian Pop
Octavian Pop
Sales Director
@ Adludio
Dan Nasitka
Dan Nasitka
Vice President
@ Rocket Launch Marketing & PR
Stephanie Pfingsten
Stephanie Pfingsten
Founder & Publicist
@ Lumos PR
Courtney Mahar
Courtney Mahar
Marketing Manager
@ U.S. Bank
Julie Blakley
Julie Blakley
Associate Creative Director
@ Slack
Stephanie Tackach
Stephanie Tackach
Senior Director, PR & Corporate Comms
@ Gannett
Clare Healy
Clare Healy
VP of Strategy
@ Peak Ventures Co
Anna Lisa Lukes
Anna Lisa Lukes
CEO
@ The Lukes Network
Lena Katz
Lena Katz
Creator Strategist
@ TikTok
Jordan Regula
Jordan Regula
Marketing Coordinator
@ Datatrak International

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We all remember what it was like starting out in our careers. Now imagine doing it during a global pandemic. Becoming a virtual mentor is a simple way to give back, to have a lasting impact on the future generations of our industry. From 30-minute “virtual coffees” to resume reviews, your ability to pay it forward may seem small, but it can change the course of a young career.  

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