Desireé’s name means “much desired,” a recurring sentiment in her life thus far. She joined our firm as a public relations intern in 2011 and was hired full-time within four months. She supports national work for Chick-fil-A and Orkin LLC, among others.
Prior to joining Jackson Spalding, Desireé held five internships. She worked for The Hauser Group, a boutique agency in St. Louis. This post led to a second internship at the St. Louis Regional Clean Air Partnership where she flexed her social media knowledge, creating a Facebook and Twitter strategy for the not-for-profit. Desireé also interned for United Way of Greater St. Louis and for media outlets at her university.
She graduated, summa cum laude, with a double major in Public Relations and Spanish, from The University of Alabama – attending as a prestigious Presidential Scholar and National Achievement Scholarship finalist. College included summer studies at the University of Guanajuato in Mexico, which she says solidified her fluency in conversational Spanish. When she returned to ‘Bama she served as an English-as-a-second-language volunteer for the Tuscaloosa School System and as a “Conversation Partner” for university international students.
Desireé was named in 2011 as one of the American Advertising Federation’s 50 “Most Promising Minority Student Finalists”, recognition that earned her a trip to NYC to meet top professionals in our business. ‘Bama also named Desireé as the “Outstanding Junior and Senior in Advertising and
Public Relations” in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
She was born in Spain, but lived most of her life in Belleville, Ill. near St. Louis. Her fantasy job is to work in musical theatre, which she has experienced from the stage and orchestra pit in her youth.