Who We Are
We’ve been told we’re equal parts cheerleader, counselor, taskmaster, and doer…we’re our client’s biggest fans and a team they can count on for whatever they need.
In 2010 Lesa founded Linster Creative, a full-spectrum marketing and public relations agency in Seattle. With more than 20 years’ experience in brand development, communications, media relations, strategic marketing, and events, her focus today is in the world of lifestyle and hospitality. She gained experience working for bedrock Seattle entities such as The Seattle Mariners, MSNBC, The Seattle Times, University of Washington, and The Moyer Foundation.
Lesa has spent her career managing strategic growth and development for products and initiatives, spearheading program, fundraising, and awareness efforts in more than 40 cities and nationwide. Her clients have been found on the TODAY Show, CNN, NBC, ABC, ESPN, MSNBC, The Travel Channel, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, GQ, Travel & Leisure, Outside, Sunset, The New York Times, Real Simple, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Met and many more. She has developed events of all scale in cities across the country, including Seattle, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Chicago, Miami, Boston, Atlanta, and Dallas.
Lesa and her team work with clients to expand their reach, develop brand partnerships, engage customers, share stories, and drive sales through new and creative paths. Linster Creative has worked hand in hand with chefs and hospitality leaders to open more than 25 restaurants and a number of hotels; has developed and managed countless marketing, PR and social media campaigns for profit and nonprofit companies; has developed and executed extensive strategic marketing plans, and produced promotional videos and websites for clients. Lesa is actively involved in her community providing pro-bono support to organizations who serve at-risk youth including No Kid Hungry, UPower, and Blanket Coverage Foundation.
Jen Evans Gardner
NextJen PR is a public relations, social media and influencer marketing agency specializing in luxury travel, culinary and lifestyle brands.
With over 20 years’ experience as a food and travel writer, cookbook author and entertainment industry executive, founder Jennifer Evans Gardner brings a unique perspective and a passion for storytelling to her work. Her out-of-the-box thinking, media savvy and high-level relationships have garnered game-changing results for her clients over the past eight years including Ojai Valley Inn, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, Thompson Seattle, Tender Greens, Paul Ferrante, Mastro’s, Lynx Grills, Compartés, Australian Black Perigord Truffles, Gail Simmons and Duff Goldman, among others.
As a writer, Jen has contributed to publications including the Los Angeles Times and The Huffington Post, wrote for Warner Bros. and Walt Disney TV Animation, and interviewed culinary greats including Julia Child and Joël Robuchon, to name a few.
The world has changed. It’s time for the next generation of PR and marketing, rooted in authenticity, integrity and creativity.
Lisa Willis collaborates with Linster Creative on a number of projects and clients and is the owner of Lisa Willis Creative, a PR and marketing consulting agency that raises brand awareness with a focus on integrating media relations, marketing, strategic partnerships, philanthropy and events. She’s an optimist, a connector, and activator who has worked within and across a wide range of industries developing solutions designed to have impact, tell important stories and increase awareness.
Lisa is recognized for fostering complex partnerships, securing key media placement, creating innovative programs and project managing large-scale initiatives that positively fulfill business objectives. With 20+ years of experience, Lisa has worked with local and national businesses and nonprofits including award-winning restaurants, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, iHeartMedia, NBC Sports, Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Initiative, The Moyer Foundation, Nike, Heritage School of Interior Design, American Daughter (memoir) and Seabrook. Lisa believes in the power of partnership & relationships as an important lever that can result in a positive ripple effect.
Lanie Mullally brings over a decade of experience from the corporate sector, and more than five years in hospitality marketing, operations, and events. She spent 10 years exploring both the art and science of retail and fashion in the corporate offices of Nordstrom and held multiple roles across the company throughout her career, including Division Product Coordinator, Merchandise Financial Planner, and Education Developer. Now she focuses her time in the world of hospitality, supporting locations and brands as a consultant and advisor.
Lanie holds a BA in Psychology with a minor in Communication from the University of Arizona. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, pilates, calligraphy, and exploring her neighborhood of Magnolia with her husband and dog.