MCL

MICHELLE LEHMANN FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

Michelle is the Founder and President of MLC. With 20 years of experience, Michelle has been a leading PR and marketing executive, developing and executing the marketing strategies for numerous nationally and internationally known companies. Prior to starting her own firm in 2011, she was the PR and Marketing Director for restaurateur Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group for nearly a decade; the Director of Publicity for Zagat from 2000-2003; Senior Publicist for the American Museum of Natural History in 1999; Associate Vice President at Rubenstein Associates from 1996-1999; and also worked at Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners and The Rowland Company. Michelle is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Communications, and lives in NYC with her husband and two children.

KATY FOLEY VICE PRESIDENT

Katy joined MLC as Account Director in December 2011. She previously worked with Michelle as Senior Account Manager at Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group. Katy knew she wanted to work in the culinary industry after spending two years abroad–one year teaching English in France’s Loire Valley on a Fulbright grant (spending the weekends eating her way around Europe), and one year in Sydney, Australia where she fell in love with the local restaurant scene. Katy has worked in several areas of new media: assisting the Chairman/CEO of global production company, Radical Media; managing talent relations at Tribeca Film Festival; and assisting the CEO of boutique publishing house, Callaway Arts & Entertainment, where she worked on Madonna’s children’s book series and David Kirk’s hugely popular Miss Spider multimedia series. Katy earned a BA in English and Creative Writing from Colgate University, and attended the Columbia Publishing Course. She volunteers for Share Our Strength as co-chair of Taste of the Nation NYC, the city’s premiere tasting benefit dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America. A native of Seattle, Katy resides in Manhattan with her husband and son.

LAUREN YOUNG ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT

Lauren joined the MLC team in May 2016, after nearly four years as in-house Publicist for Chef Daniel Boulud and his international group of restaurants. In this role, Lauren managed media for the Michelin-starred chef, telling the stories of his seasonally inspired French-American cooking, and also worked across all aspects of PR and marketing in representing the Boulud brand. While her love for the hospitality industry deepened greatly during this time, her fascination with restaurants began much earlier, in high school, when she waited tables at the local cafe in her hometown of Ossining, New York. Lauren attended Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and upon graduation she joined RF|Binder, a Public Relations agency, where she executed campaigns for Pilsner Urquell, Scharffenberger Chocolates and more, followed by a position on the marketing team at BR Guest Hospitality. At MLC she led the opening of Curtis Stone's Gwen restaurant in Los Angeles, has worked with chef Dan Kluger, and more, and continues to find the hospitality industry one of the most passionate, exciting, delicious spaces to work in!

ALLISON LANK Account Executive

Alli joined the MLC team as an account executive in May 2017. Prior to joining MLC, Alli worked in public relations at Nadine Johnson & Associates in NYC, where she worked with international architecture, design and lifestyle clients. A native Marylander and graduate of University of Virginia, she now resides in Alphabet City, a good base for her to explore the city's restaurant scene. Her passion for adventurous eating began early when she learned to pick Chesapeake blue crab as a child and she hasn't looked back since.

JULIET FAIRBROTHER Assistant Account Executive

Juliet joined MLC as an Account Coordinator in April 2017. She previously worked at the hospitality group The ONE Group as a Corporate Marketing and Public Relations Assistant. She also lived in Costa Rica for a few months working on social media strategy at a surf hostel. Growing up on Long Island in a household where food and wine were the center of family gatherings, Juliet credits her appreciation for the culinary arts and her willingness to try any food (at least once) to her mother. Juliet graduated from the University of Miami in Miami, FL, where she majored in Public Relations and spent her free time dancing on the ballroom team. Juliet loves anything that has to do with being on or near the water, and she also loves to paint and travel - preferably to warmer climates.

Marissa Paiano ACCOUNT COORDINATOR

Marissa joined the MLC team as an Account Coordinator in July 2017. A recent graduate of the University of Maryland where she majored in journalism, Marissa brings extensive internship experience with a boutique fashion public relations firm in NYC, in the U.S. House of Representatives and Connecticut State Government, and with several media companies including ESPN, DC Magazine, and WTOP News Radio in Washington D.C. Growing up in an Italian family, Marissa learned to make homemade pasta at a young age but doubts she’ll ever master the secret of making a red sauce equal to her mother's. Now living in Midtown Manhattan, when she is not tasting her way through the city, she is an avid runner and fitness enthusiast.