Charissa Benjamin is a seasoned communications professional with over 15 years of experience in a diverse cross-section of industries, specializing in restaurant, hospitality and lifestyle PR. Charissa’s industry experience includes managing PR and marketing campaigns for notable companies within the restaurant, spirits and wine, airline, automobile, traveling entertainment and publishing sectors. Her skills have been keenly developed while working within both PR agency and internal communications environments.
Before launching Savor PR, Charissa was PR Director for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ Mid-Atlantic region, where she managed communications for restaurants in Washington, DC, Alexandria, Va., Baltimore and Philadelphia. Through strategic planning, trend watching and consistently building press and industry contacts, she has successfully placed stories in the Washington Post, Washingtonian, Washington City Paper, The New York Times, National Public Radio, USA Today, Associated Press, BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, Every Day with Rachel Ray, CNN’s Eatocracy and more.
Prior to joining Kimpton, Charissa worked at Washington, DC PR agencies including Qorvis Communications and Witeck-Combs Communications. She has managed PR and cause marketing campaigns for Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Feld Entertainment, Harper Collins Publishing, American Airlines, Food & Friends, and YouthAIDS.
A cum laude graduate of the Kogod School of Business at American University, Charissa originally hails from the island of Antigua in the Eastern Caribbean. She balances her love for food and wine with a healthy dose of running, which you can often find her doing on the streets of Washington.