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Jessica McLeish
Principal

Jessica McLeish, President and CEO of J. McLeish Public Relations, Inc., is a public relations consultant, writer and media relations strategist. She specializes in the development of groundbreaking strategic marketing and public relations programs that raise profiles, shape public opinion, increase profits and drive sales.

McLeish launched Desmond McLeish in 2002, and within a few years it was ranked in the top 25 public relations firms in three markets in California as well as listed as one of Orange County’s 100 Fast Growing Private Companies in 2007.

Clients in workforce development count on McLeish to provide creative and professional communication services that help them achieve success. She has presented at California Workforce Association’s annual conferences, where she helped teach the industry how to use public relations to reach the workforce board’s goals.

Throughout her years in the field, McLeish has worked extensively with the regional, national and trade press, building long-lasting relationships with influential media outlets that helped create awareness for the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board, Alameda Workforce Development Board, California Workforce Association and the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County. McLeish has also worked for Governor Pete Wilson, The Irvine Company and represented several major real estate developers.

McLeish’s professional affiliations include the Urban Land Institute’s Inland Empire District Council, Public Relations Society of America and National Association of Industrial and Office Properties Inland Empire chapter. McLeish has taught upper-division public relations courses at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA.

Contact Jessica at jessica@jmcleishpr.com



Courtenay Dulak
Associate

Courtenay Dulak is an Associate with J. McLeish Public Relations, Inc.

With nearly 10 years of experience in Public Relations, Courtenay is an expert media strategist, who has gained client coverage in local, regional and national media.

Her experience includes brand management and public relations in the real estate, insurance, technology, consumer products and government sectors. She has worked with the nation’s largest property management group, California's fastest growing insurance brokerage, an emerging 3D technology company, the country’s leading workforce investment board, and others. She has placed client stories on the Los Angeles ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX affiliates, numerous radio stations, as well as print coverage in Riviera, Orange County Register, Orange County Business Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Common Ground Magazine, Condo Management, Wind Systems Magazine, Foundation Drilling Magazine, Riviera Magazine, Gentry, 944 Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Star-Ledger, Twist, Bridal Guide, Washington Life, Cincinnati Enquirer, Diversion, Family Circle, Variety, The San Diego Union-Tribune and Insider Magazine. Her experience also includes extensive tradeshow media organization and outreach in the technology sector.

Courtenay holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from Vanguard University of Southern California.



Kendra Whitmire
Associate

Kendra Whitmire is an Associate with J. McLeish Public Relations. She handles writing and editing for JMPR’s clients and her experience includes writing a variety of pieces, including blogs, reviews, press releases, website content, and op ed pieces. She graduated cum Laude from USC with a BA in English and German and has two masters’ degrees in English from the University of Birmingham in England, specializing in Shakespeare Studies. Kendra also manages a talented cinematic pianist, Paul Spaeth. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, running, yoga and reading.

 

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