The Team

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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.

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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 and Daily Shouts

Food: Fish tacos 

Bar Order: Dirty gin martini or a glass (bottle?) of orange wine or heritage cider


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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

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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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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 

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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: Well + Good; The Cut; Chani Nicholas for a daily dose of astrology 

Food: Cinnamon buns & banana-chocolate chip pancakes with lots of *good maple syrup* (that part is very important) 

Bar Order: Anything with ginger 

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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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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

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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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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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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


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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


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Jaclyn 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, Brooklyn

Film: Forrest Gump

Book: Creative Confidence

Blog: Muz.li, Food+Tech Connect

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 (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


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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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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 Dailymail.co.uk...does that count as a blog?

Food: Slow cooked meats, anything with corn, cheese with a carb base in any form 

Bar Order: Negroni