Jen Pelka - Founder / CEO Jen Pelka is the Principal and Founder of Magnum PR, leading publicity for such powerhouse brands as Brandon Jew’s Mister Jiu’s, Rich Table & RT Rotisserie, Souvla, Robin, Mourad, and Foreign Cinema. Pelka’s career in restaurants began at Chef Daniel Boulud’s Restaurant DANIEL, where she served for 5 years across a broad range of roles—kitchen stagier, Chef Boulud’s Research Assistant, and the US Competition Director for the Bocuse d’Or under Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller. She went on to lead influencer marketing, content strategy, and media relations in-house at OpenTable, Gilt Taste, and Tumblr. She has been named Forbes “30 Under 30” for Food & Wine, Details “Digital Maverick, and a Cherry Bombe “It Girl.” She was a recurring guest as a secret diner of Bravo TV’s “Best New Restaurant”, and a guest on Season 6 of “Top Chef.” Pelka won an IACP Award Winner for Best Culinary or Brand Site in 2012 for Gilt Taste, and was a James Beard Award nominee for Best Food Coverage in a Food Focused Publication

Jen Pelka - Founder / CEO

Jen Pelka is the Principal and Founder of Magnum PR, leading publicity for such powerhouse brands as Brandon Jew’s Mister Jiu’s, Rich Table & RT Rotisserie, Souvla, Robin, Mourad, and Foreign Cinema. Pelka’s career in restaurants began at Chef Daniel Boulud’s Restaurant DANIEL, where she served for 5 years across a broad range of roles—kitchen stagier, Chef Boulud’s Research Assistant, and the US Competition Director for the Bocuse d’Or under Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller. She went on to lead influencer marketing, content strategy, and media relations in-house at OpenTable, Gilt Taste, and Tumblr. She has been named Forbes “30 Under 30” for Food & Wine, Details “Digital Maverick, and a Cherry Bombe “It Girl.” She was a recurring guest as a secret diner of Bravo TV’s “Best New Restaurant”, and a guest on Season 6 of “Top Chef.” Pelka won an IACP Award Winner for Best Culinary or Brand Site in 2012 for Gilt Taste, and was a James Beard Award nominee for Best Food Coverage in a Food Focused Publication

Annie Happel - Partner / Vice President With over a decade of experience in restaurant marketing and public relations at OpenTable and in-house at some of San Francisco’s most beloved restaurants, Annie joined Magnum PR as the team’s first Account Manager in 2016. She is passionate about creative storytelling and forging trusted relationships with her clients. She is grateful everyday for her amazing colleagues and clients, and that Magnum HQ is always stocked with champagne and popcorn.   

Annie Happel - Partner / Vice President

With over a decade of experience in restaurant marketing and public relations at OpenTable and in-house at some of San Francisco’s most beloved restaurants, Annie joined Magnum PR as the team’s first Account Manager in 2016. She is passionate about creative storytelling and forging trusted relationships with her clients. She is grateful everyday for her amazing colleagues and clients, and that Magnum HQ is always stocked with champagne and popcorn. 

 

 
Jane Chong - Account Manager Jane's love for food developed at a young age while assisting her chef parents in the kitchen of their catering company in Los Angeles. Jane graduated from UC Berkeley in 2012 with a degree in English and worked for two publishing houses (Harper One, an imprint of HarperCollins, and Chronicle Books) leading campaigns in the Cookbook, Health, Business, Spirituality and New Age verticals, where she secured local and national media coverage for her authors. She is thrilled to be joining the Magnum team, where she can unite her personal interests and professional skill set to help make Magnum the best-in-class PR agency in San Francisco.

Jane Chong - Account Manager

Jane's love for food developed at a young age while assisting her chef parents in the kitchen of their catering company in Los Angeles. Jane graduated from UC Berkeley in 2012 with a degree in English and worked for two publishing houses (Harper One, an imprint of HarperCollins, and Chronicle Books) leading campaigns in the Cookbook, Health, Business, Spirituality and New Age verticals, where she secured local and national media coverage for her authors. She is thrilled to be joining the Magnum team, where she can unite her personal interests and professional skill set to help make Magnum the best-in-class PR agency in San Francisco.

Lindsay Cumming- Account Manager Lindsay got her start in PR in the wine industry, assisting major wineries like Robert Mondavi, JUSTIN and Mumm Napa with their PR and social media strategies. Most recently, Lindsay worked as the head of PR for Moovit, a crowdsourced public transportation app, managing the company’s global communications strategy, product narratives and all press announcements. With years of experience in PR, both in-house and agency-side, she brings a deep passion for both communications and the San Francisco restaurant industry to Magnum PR.

Lindsay Cumming- Account Manager

Lindsay got her start in PR in the wine industry, assisting major wineries like Robert Mondavi, JUSTIN and Mumm Napa with their PR and social media strategies. Most recently, Lindsay worked as the head of PR for Moovit, a crowdsourced public transportation app, managing the company’s global communications strategy, product narratives and all press announcements. With years of experience in PR, both in-house and agency-side, she brings a deep passion for both communications and the San Francisco restaurant industry to Magnum PR.

Madeline Janning - Account Manager Originally from San Jose, Madeline has always been obsessed with food. She started cooking early with her mother, an amazing cook and general Jane of all trades. After moving to San Francisco to study journalism at San Francisco State, she worked at restaurants throughout college and following graduation found her inspiration at two of the city’s key restaurants - Jardinière and Cotogna. While working front of house at Cotogna, Madeline interned in The Bold Italic’s Marketing Department, writing for the website and aiding in the production of their quirky, fun events. Madeline then launched a freelance career, joining the team at ICHI Sushi to aid with the opening of their second location. Looking to join a team, she started as an Account Manager with Andrew Freeman & Company working with some of the Bay Area's best restaurants. She then joined the team at Wagstaff Worldwide, expanding her client list to include key restaurants, wineries, travel destinations, and more. She is excited to bring her culinary knowledge and publicity experience to the Magnum PR team.  

Madeline Janning - Account Manager

Originally from San Jose, Madeline has always been obsessed with food. She started cooking early with her mother, an amazing cook and general Jane of all trades. After moving to San Francisco to study journalism at San Francisco State, she worked at restaurants throughout college and following graduation found her inspiration at two of the city’s key restaurants - Jardinière and Cotogna. While working front of house at Cotogna, Madeline interned in The Bold Italic’s Marketing Department, writing for the website and aiding in the production of their quirky, fun events. Madeline then launched a freelance career, joining the team at ICHI Sushi to aid with the opening of their second location. Looking to join a team, she started as an Account Manager with Andrew Freeman & Company working with some of the Bay Area's best restaurants. She then joined the team at Wagstaff Worldwide, expanding her client list to include key restaurants, wineries, travel destinations, and more. She is excited to bring her culinary knowledge and publicity experience to the Magnum PR team.
 

Emily Rudisill - Account Manager Emily Rudisill has extensive experience in media, branded content, and video production. She has had the privilege of honing her skills at Vogue, as well as helping brands like Target and Barneys develop strong editorial and video content.

Emily Rudisill - Account Manager

Emily Rudisill has extensive experience in media, branded content, and video production. She has had the privilege of honing her skills at Vogue, as well as helping brands like Target and Barneys develop strong editorial and video content.

Ryan Basso - Junior Account Manager Ryan graduated in 2013 from Boston's Suffolk University with a degree in English and a deep affection for the city streets.  A couple months after finishing school, he packed up and moved to San Francisco. After working and eating his way through college, Ryan jumped into the SF's nightlife scene immediately upon arrival. In 2016, after years of bartending and serving in some of San Francisco's most vibrant neighborhoods, Ryan was hired by Jen Pelka as her in house expert on local trends, publications, and the media landscape. At Magnum Ryan has found a perfect place to utilize his love for food, vogue, and the pulse of the city. 

Ryan Basso - Junior Account Manager

Ryan graduated in 2013 from Boston's Suffolk University with a degree in English and a deep affection for the city streets.  A couple months after finishing school, he packed up and moved to San Francisco. After working and eating his way through college, Ryan jumped into the SF's nightlife scene immediately upon arrival. In 2016, after years of bartending and serving in some of San Francisco's most vibrant neighborhoods, Ryan was hired by Jen Pelka as her in house expert on local trends, publications, and the media landscape. At Magnum Ryan has found a perfect place to utilize his love for food, vogue, and the pulse of the city. 

Phoebe Papademetriou - Junior Account Manager  Phoebe's love for the food and hospitality world blossomed during summers in college when she worked the ovens at the nationally renowned Levain Bakery in New York City. Upon graduating, she began baking full-time and soon became head baker and back-of-house manager at Levain, leading  a small team of skilled bakers and honing her own skills. After getting wind of the rapidly growing and changing food scene in San Francisco, Phoebe decided to make the move to the West Coast where she landed a job at Arizmendi, a worker-owned bakery. Phoebe has since then taken off her oven mitts, and brings her love of the industry to Magnum and her role with clients. 

Phoebe Papademetriou - Junior Account Manager

 Phoebe's love for the food and hospitality world blossomed during summers in college when she worked the ovens at the nationally renowned Levain Bakery in New York City. Upon graduating, she began baking full-time and soon became head baker and back-of-house manager at Levain, leading  a small team of skilled bakers and honing her own skills. After getting wind of the rapidly growing and changing food scene in San Francisco, Phoebe decided to make the move to the West Coast where she landed a job at Arizmendi, a worker-owned bakery. Phoebe has since then taken off her oven mitts, and brings her love of the industry to Magnum and her role with clients. 

 
Diandra Connolly - Executive Assistant to Jen, Magnum PR, and The Riddler Diandra is a native San Franciscan - born and raised in SF’s restaurant and hospitality industry. With parents formerly partnered at a Nob Hill restaurant and a family history with restaurant roots in Manhattan, her first industry position began as a teenager with Kimpton Hotels where she quickly moved up through the ranks. After 7 years, Diandra transitioned from hospitality to work alongside Chef Chris Cosentino as Executive Assistant. She has extensive experience with all administrative tasks, project management, events coordination, creative/design, and has recently picked up social media management! When not expanding her global palate and anthropological interests, Diandra can be found with her two beloved Corgis at dog parks around the City, performing flamenco in the Bay Area and travelling!

Diandra Connolly - Executive Assistant to Jen, Magnum PR, and The Riddler

Diandra is a native San Franciscan - born and raised in SF’s restaurant and hospitality industry. With parents formerly partnered at a Nob Hill restaurant and a family history with restaurant roots in Manhattan, her first industry position began as a teenager with Kimpton Hotels where she quickly moved up through the ranks. After 7 years, Diandra transitioned from hospitality to work alongside Chef Chris Cosentino as Executive Assistant. She has extensive experience with all administrative tasks, project management, events coordination, creative/design, and has recently picked up social media management! When not expanding her global palate and anthropological interests, Diandra can be found with her two beloved Corgis at dog parks around the City, performing flamenco in the Bay Area and travelling!

Kelsey Erickson - Business Manager Une Femme (Magnum PR & The Riddler) Kelsey started her career as a consultant, where she helped Fortune 200 management create and execute strategic initiatives.  She then worked at Salesforce, playing key advisor to sales management to help achieve aggressive targets.  Kelsey is excited to leverage these skills and experiences at MagnumPR, continuing to grow the business and our services while still providing best-in-class service and results to our clients.

Kelsey Erickson - Business Manager Une Femme (Magnum PR & The Riddler)

Kelsey started her career as a consultant, where she helped Fortune 200 management create and execute strategic initiatives.  She then worked at Salesforce, playing key advisor to sales management to help achieve aggressive targets.  Kelsey is excited to leverage these skills and experiences at MagnumPR, continuing to grow the business and our services while still providing best-in-class service and results to our clients.