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Securing Media Exposure Across Traditional and New Media Platforms

Elev8 New Media continuously complies internal media databases for each client to further build our current connection database. Our team has genuine relationships with the media including publications like Bloomberg, The New York Times, and CNBC. We shake hands with connects at outlets in many industries, so no matter your company we have a place on the (digital) map for you.

Jessica Starman, MBA

CEO and Co-Founder

Jessica is the CEO and Co-Founder of Elev8 New Media. Since early 2018, Elev8 New Media has provided private and publicly-traded companies media relations services and strategy-focused full-service public relations (PR) to clients across all industries. Elev8 has obtained coverage for clients in mainstream, broadcast, trade, and local media. Jessica advises management teams on strategic positioning and effectively articulating company stories to the mainstream community. She is Google Certified and manages various clients’ digital advertising campaigns. Additionally, Jessica is a member of the Forbes Los Angeles Business Council. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Pepperdine University and holds a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine Graziadio Business School.

Jacqueline Bishop

Director of Corporate Affairs

As the Director of Corporate Affairs for Elev8 New Media, Jacqueline oversees the Elev8 corporate brand. From child modeling and acting to starting her own promotional marketing business at 23, Jacqueline has a history of sales and entrepreneurship. Her years of experience providing quality staffing for corporate events have made her a trusted public relations professional. Hardworking, enthusiastic, and capable, Jacqueline is committed to obtaining the best results for Elev8’s clients. As a Venice Beach native, Jacqueline enjoys snowboarding, traveling, and writing.

Amber Vaatete

Director of Social Media and Content

Amber manages the daily social media channels for clients and strategizes clients’ social media campaigns. Amber grows clients’ social media presence across new media platforms while maintaining the brand and voice of each individual company. Amber attended the Art Institute in Santa Monica where she studied marketing and management. Amber was born and raised in Los Angeles and enjoys exploring the city with her dog, Percy.

Tiffany Hernandez

Senior Account Executive

Tiffany researches and targets high-profile journalists, editors, and producers to stay ahead of the news cycle. Tiffany has a creative eye and assists clients with creative materials, including corporate videos. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a minor in Sociology from Illinois State University. After graduating, Tiffany spent 2 years teaching preschool in Louisville, Kentucky. In her spare time, Tiffany loves exploring different Los Angeles neighborhoods, hanging out with friends, and scouting out the best margaritas.

Alexis Evans-Bendel

Account Executive

Alexis researches and introduces Elev8’s clients to relevant trade and mainstream outlets in order to keep Elev8’s clients top of mind in their respective industries. In particular, Alexis has a keen eye for product placement articles and works with consumer-facing media and clientele. Alexis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations from San Diego State University. In her free time, Alexis enjoys cooking, staying active, and exploring the restaurant scenes around LA neighborhoods.

Jennevieve Fong

Social Media and Content Manager

Jennevieve researches and introduces clients to a variety of media outlets ranging from lifestyle to mainstream to broadcast. With a background in local broadcast television news, Jennevieve works to apply her own experience working in journalism to connect clients to reporters and writers that are the right fit for their respective industries. Jennevieve holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science from Pepperdine University. As a Los Angeles native, Jennevieve likes heading to the beach and finding the best iced coffee in town.

Alec Lefeld

Account Executive

Alec is an experienced supporting publicist to practitioners with clients in the travel/hospitality, entertainment, and entrepreneurial fields, having worked with bestselling authors, actors, brand owners, and sought-after spa and hotel destinations. Raised in South Florida, he brings a southern charm to Los Angeles with an excellent reputation for interpersonal communication, a polished and professional demeanor, and ambitious approach to client and team satisfaction. Alec graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s in Writing and Rhetoric before taking a gap year abroad in Spain to foster his passion for travel and strengthen his spanish. Now an Angeleno, you may find him at a local yoga studio, the beach or – when not pitching clients and securing press – scanning GQ and awaiting his next flight at LAX!

Melissa Alfonso

Administrative Coordinator

Melissa supports daily operations for both Elev8 New Media and its client roster. She manages scheduling interviews for clients with media personnel and handles the logistics for upcoming on-air interviews. Internally, Melissa supports regular office operations. With an outgoing and friendly personality, she is able to maintain a consistent and upbeat schedule for her team. With over five years of administrative experience, Melissa has excellent business organizational skills while providing an unparalleled client experience. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys cooking, travel, and helping to make people smile.

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