PRESIDENT & FOUNDER
As a former member of the media, Heidi’s background includes work as a writer, reporter and producer at award-winning news organizations such as National Public Radio, WKYC-NBC and KUSI-TV. Heidi launched H2 Public Relations 10 years ago in Southern California. Her boutique firm quickly garnered a reputation as a leading lifestyle and hospitality firm that’s best known for producing quick and efficient results and quality-driven placements. She then went on to open a second branch of her company with an office in Chicago in 2011, exclusively focusing on the city’s progressive dining, restaurant and cocktail scene.
She has co-produced segments with top professionals in the business on shows such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Access Hollywood, E! News Daily, The View, Extra, The Discovery Channel, KTLA, CNBC’s The Big Idea With Donny Deutsch. She has secured multi-page features in high-profile publications including Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, USA Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Saveur, PEOPLE Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, C Magazine, OK! Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Women’s Health, In Touch Weekly, InStyle, Self, MUNCHIES, Tasting Table and more.
Heidi and H2 have been featured in Riviera Magazine in February 2008 as a “Top PR Firm in San Diego”, in “The Social Diary” as an innovative public relations firm, in San Diego Magazine in 2006 as a “Top Single in San Diego” and again in 2010 as part of San Diego Magazine’s “Young Socialites in San Diego” branding campaign. Heidi has also served as a “Style Guru” reporter for NBC 7/39’s “What’s Hot” series dishing up the latest trends in the emerging social and fashion scenes in the city and was selected for the “It List” in Michigan Avenue magazine in 2011.
WEST COAST VICE PRESIDENT
A savvy and effective PR professional, Carissa has a proven track record for bringing a client’s story to life. As a vital part of the H2 team, Carissa began her professional career in 2010 and currently oversees the company’s San Diego office as West Coast Vice President. Over the course of her seven-year tenure, Carissa has had the pleasure of spearheading the PR campaigns for an elite roster of chefs, spirit professionals, restaurateurs, hoteliers and developers in both San Diego and Orange County. In her role as VP, she oversees brand development and operations while leading media relations and strategy for H2’s Southern California roster.
Carissa’s strength in cultivating media relationships and forecasting hospitality trends has enabled her to secure ink for her clients in top-tier outlets nationwide including Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Esquire, GQ, Draft Magazine, Vogue, New York Times, Travel + Leisure, Imbibe as well as regional publications such as Sunset, C Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and more.
Carissa graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Born and raised in San Diego, Carissa enjoys spending her time in and around the ocean and is inspired by all things fitness, food and travel.