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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 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.  She 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 boyfriend, two rescue pups, and piles of hats.


Rachel Van Dolsen

Born and Raised: Rye, NY
Current Home: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Film: 8 1/2
Book: Light Years by James Salter 
Blog: Munchies and Daily Shouts
Food: Fish tacos 
Bar Order: Dirty gin martini or a glass (bottle?) of orange wine or heritage cider


Kendra Borowski

Born and Raised: Nashua, NH
Current Home: Brooklyn, NY
Film: The Life Aquatic
Book: Heat by Bill Buford
Blog: The Salt
Food: Three-way tie between soup dumplings, littleneck clams and cheeseburgers
Bar Order: Sazerac

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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Jennie Snyder

Born and Raised: Philadelphia 
Current Home: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Film: Good Will Hunting 
Book: Milk + Honey by Rupi Kaur (always), Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (right now)
Blog: hungrygrls (shameless plug) 
Food: All the sushi. Also, I'm a firm believer/participant in Ice Cream Sundays.
Bar Order: Mezcal on the rocks with lime 


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

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 



Molly Takemoto

Born and Raised: Bethesda, MD
Current Home: Gowanus
Film: The Godfather (Part II!)
Book: Vanishing New York by Jeremiah Moss
Blog: Nori's Black Book
Food: Eggplant Parm
Bar Order: Ice cold vodka with an orange wedge


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 


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


Angela Pizzimenti

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

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!) 



Aubrey Bohn

Born and Raised: Philadelphia, PA
Current Home: Williamsburg
Film: Cruel Intentions
Book: Just Kids by Patti Smith
Blog: Goop
Food: Outback's Bloomin Onion
Bar Order: Tequila soda with lime


Emily Urba

Born and Raised: Kinnelon, New Jersey
Current Home: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Film: Garden State (will always love Zach Braff)
BookDress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
BlogMcSweeney's Internet Tendency
Food: Pad Thai with tofu
Bar Order: GIN...and tonic


Jaclyn Mara Pfingst

Born and Raised: Born: Mineola, NY + Raised: Winston- Salem, NC
Current Home: Williamsburg
Film: Goodfellas
Book: Mrs. Kennedy and Me, by Clint Hill
Blog: Gal Meets Glam, Julia Hengel
Food: Vanessa’s pan-fried dumplings 
Bar Order: 
Brooklyn Lager 


 Bibi Tanjasiri 

Born and Raised: Bangkok, Thailand
Current Home: Williamsburg
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


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 (IG)
Food: Potatoes in any and all forms
Bar Order: It would be between a margarita on the rocks no salt or a good Lager


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

Samantha Herron

Born and Raised: Sydney, Australia
Current Home: Williamsburg, BK
Film: American Beauty
Book: Honestly all the Harry Potter books still reign supreme
Blog: @thedogist, or that count as a blog?
Food: Slow cooked meats, anything with corn, cheese with a carb base in any form 
Bar Order: Negroni