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the team

 

At RVD, we consider ourselves the ultimate ambassadors for our clients – we explore every inch of the ever-changing media scene in New York City and beyond. Whether it's a splashy gala, a hole-in-the-wall cocktail bar, a feminist rally, or a wellness conference, we take it all in and report back.


About Rachel

A PR powerhouse with an impressive client history, Rachel Van Dolsen was mentored by the best in the business at LaForce + Stevens and Nike Communications.

As her family and friends will attest, Rachel has a gift for storytelling. Sometimes this trait gets her into trouble, like in seventh grade when her report card boasted six "excessive talking" comments. However, since launching RVD, Rachel has had the pleasure of using her powers for good – helping entrepreneurs tell their stories, reach a wider audience, and build loyal and authentic brand followings.  Rachel was featured in Brooklyn Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture" issue in 2017, has spoken on panels hosted by WeWork, Bitten, and Spoon University, and teaches regular PR and social media seminars at the Institute of Culinary Education.

Rachel has degrees from the University of Virginia (BA English Literature, BA History of Art) and The New School for Social Research (MA Liberal Studies). She lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with her husband, two rescue pups, and piles of hats.


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Rachel Van Dolsen

Born and Raised: Rye, NY
Current Home: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Film: 8 1/2
Book: Light Years by James Salter 
Blog: Munchies, Daily Shouts and The Cut
Food: Shrimp tacos, pizza (from Upside!), dark chocolate
Bar Order: Dirty gin martini or a generous glass of skin-contact wine


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Gabrielle Pedriani

Born and Raised: Born in Paris, raised in Wisconsin 
Current Home: East Village, New York
Film: The Lord of the Rings - don't ask me to choose between the 3, or do, and I won't answer
Book: Stargirl (it's meant for 12-year-old girls, but I feel it caters to my inner child / lingering immaturity)
Blog: Do Instagram captions count as a blog? If so, @boyinquestion takes the proverbial cake. 
Food: Watermelon & peanut butter. Not together, though.....I have some ideas
Bar Order: Tequila soda when I'm trying to be that cool chill girl who doesn't flinch at bad alcohol and "whatever you think is cool" at the bars that are worth acknowledging the bartender's notion of cool.


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Emma Rowland

Born and Raised: Providence, Rhode Island 
Current Home: Williamsburg, Brooklyn 
Film: Donnie Darko 
Book: The Secret History by Donna Tartt 
Blog: The Cut; Man Repeller; Healthyish
Food: Perfectly cooked ribeye and French fries. Also I'm obsessed with hot pink sugar wafers (99 cents at the bodega, I recommend. I put them in the freezer. I could go on.) 
Bar Order: Snacks please


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Paige Garrett

Born and Raised: Morristown, New Jersey 
Current Home: Kips Bay, NYC! 
Film: Oldies: My Cousin Vinny OR Casablanca; Newbies: Mean Girls or Man Up
Book: The Universe Has Your Back by Gabby Bernstein 
Blog: Bonberi 
Food: I eat plant-based at home, so when I’m going out on the town, you know I’m looking for a great burger + fries! 
Bar Order: Tequila with alotta fresh lime (or a Dirty Martini, if I’m feeling fancy!) 


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Victoria Trinko

Born & Raised: Port Washington, NY
Current Home: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Film: A tie between Almost Famous, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Troop Beverly Hills  
Book: The Cider House Rules by John Irving (always), Heart Talk by Cleo Wade (currently) 
Blog: Girls Night In -- "A Newsletter For Women Who'd Rather Stay In Tonight" 
Food: My last meal would be... First Course: Meat & Cheese Platter, Second Course: Mom's Spaghetti & Meatballs, Third Course: Rib-Eye and a Baked Potato, Dessert Course: Mint Chocolate Chip Ice-Cream. 
Bar Order: *Natural* White & Red Wine or a Bourbon On The Rocks 


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Preethi Rajaguru

Born and Raised: Greenbelt, MD (right outside Washington D.C.)
Current Home: Bushwick
Film: 500 Days of Summer
Book: Candide
Blog: Blogger & Influencer @tezza- such a creative icon!
Food: Veggie burger and fries (specifically Beyond Burgers)
Bar Order: A nice, hoppy, IPA :)


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Gwen Rosen

Born and Raised: Long Island, NY
Current Home: East Village, New York 
Film: Clueless + Inglourious Basterds 
Book: The Secret History by Donna Tartt + Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay 
Blog: Girlboss + @sugarbearthebully 
Food: Breakfast all day every day: omelette with spinach, tomatoes, avocado and sharp cheddar cheese. Side of hash browns is mandatory. 
Bar Order: Sucker for a Moscow Mule 


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Elizabeth Lehmann

Born and Raised: Madison, New Jersey
Current Home: Upper East Side 
Film: Chicago 
Book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein; People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
Blog: Man Repeller, The Feed Feed, Lee From America
Food: Toss up at any given time between: eggplant parmesan, cheeseburger with sweet potato fries, peanut butter and jelly, and any dessert that is sweet, salty, crunchy, and cold 
Bar Order: Tequila soda (two limes) or an IPA


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Angela Pizzimenti

Born and Raised: Chicago born + South Florida raised
Current Home: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Film: Life Is Beautiful
Book: The Great Gatsby 
Blog: 
Smitten Kitchen
Food: Any and all pasta
Bar Order: Negroni


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Nadine Gaynor

Born and Raised: New Canaan, CT
Current Home: Kips Bay, New York 
Film: It's a Wonderful Life 
Book: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
Blog: Byrdie @beautifuldestinations 
Food: Churros, Chocolate Cake, Lemon Meringue Pie, Cannolis, Cheesecake (don't make me choose... I clearly have a sweet tooth) 
Bar Order: Tequila Soda 


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Sarah Maguire

Born and Raised: DC!
Current Home: Lower East Side
Film: The Holiday (always my go to feel good movie) 
Book: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? By Mindy Kaling
Blog: The Cut, Broadsheet
Food: My homemade crockpot chilli with all the fixings :) 
Bar Order: Cabernet Sauvignon or Margarita (with salt!) 


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Valessia E. Locke

Born and Raised: New York City!
Current Home: Crown Heights
Film: Clueless or Mean Girls, please don't make me pick!
Book: Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
Blog: @rollyteacuppuppies on Instagram, it's good for the soul!
Food: The Tanin Beef Don at Tsuru Ton Tan makes me weak in the knees. Also Ramen.
Bar Order: Bourbon Manhattan on the rocks with extra cherries 


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 Bibi Tanjasiri 

Born and Raised: Bangkok, Thailand
Current Home: Sunnyvale, CA
Film: Forrest Gump
Book: Creative Confidence
Blog: Food+Tech Connect, Muzli
Food: Niku Udon
Bar Order: Gin & tonic, Aperol spritz or Bourbon on the rocks


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Gabby Borger

Born and Raised: Saratoga Springs, NY
Current Home: Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn
Film: Inglorious Bastards & It's Complicated (opposite ends of the spectrum there)
Book: Rant by Chuck Palahniuk
Blog: Into the Gloss, @NewForkCity
Food: Potatoes in any and all forms
Bar Order: It would be between a margarita on the rocks no salt or a good Lager


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Morgan Gold

Born and Raised: Long Island, New York
Current Home: Kips Bay
Film: The Notebook or Crazy Stupid Love (sucker for rom coms and Gosling)
Book: Currently reading Sweetbitter
Blog: Betches, Healthyish
Food: Anything with chocolate or peanut butter (especially together), Neopolitan Pizza
Bar Order: Tequila Soda


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Aley Longo

Born and Raised: Rye, NY
Current Home:
 Rye, NY
Film: Kill Bill Vol. 1 + 2
Book: Nightwood by Djuna Barnes + Eros The Bittersweet by Anne Carson
Blog: Guest of a Guest, The Cut, Who What Wear, HyperAllergic
Food: Pesto + Vodka Sauce Tie Dye pizza from Rubirosa (or really any pizza, TBH).
Bar Order: Vodka Soda with extra lime


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Casey Twomey

Born and Raised: Centerport, NY
Current Home: Centerport, NY
Film: Miracle
Book: Catcher in the Rye
Blog: Domesticate Me, The Cut, SomethingNavy
Food: Any type of steak and potato combination
Bar Order: Paloma or Spicy Margarita



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Maddie Pasquariello

Born and Raised: The Berkshires in MA
Current Home: Manhattan (UES)
Film: Inception
Book: The Great Gatsby
Blog: Hot For Food and Minimalist Baker (food), Cheralee Lyle (fashion)
Food: Boston Cream Donuts for sweet, my mom’s bolognese for savory
Bar Order: Whatever their most trendy cocktail is, or tequila-soda-lime if I can’t decide


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Eunice Li

Born and Raised: Born in Taipei, raised in Shanghai
Current Home: Brooklyn - Williamsburg
Film: Anything by David Fincher
Book: Gone Girl
Blog: The Cut, Guest of a Guest, The Blonde Salad
Food: Spicy food, Cheese and ice-cream
Bar Order: Guinness or a good G&T