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JESSICA GILLESPIE

SENIOR publicist - chicago


 

Jessica Gillespie followed her nose to the PR industry back in 2008, realizing her natural ability to influence family and friends about where to eat and what to drink could be parlayed into a career! She specializes in media relations, PR strategy and has a long history of creating grassroots events.

Prior to joining H2 Public Relations, Jessica served as media relations specialist on the iconic Got Milk? campaign where she managed press relationships and served as the local market spokesperson in cities across the U.S. Additionally, Jessica has worked in-house at Wieden & Kennedy creating the story angles behind memorable advertisements for big brands like Coca-Cola, Nike, and P&G. Since then, she's freelanced with new restaurants in her hometown of Chicago, helping them to find their footing in changing neighborhoods while moonlighting as a commercial actor.

Jessica’s favorite hobby is traveling around the world to scope out food and art found off the beaten path. She now lives in Logan Square and loves acting like a tourist in her own city. You can find her trekking the 606 with her dog Chico, taking in live jazz in venues, hunting around Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods, and hosting monthly potluck brunches in the park for her own local, “good news” media organization, Fresh Pressed Chicago. One day, she’ll have her own YouTube channel, eating, drinking and talking with smart Chicagoans about how they’re using their unconventional passions to create social and cultural impact.