Desireé’s name means “much desired,” a recurring sentiment in her life thus far. She joined our agency more than 10 years ago as a public relations intern in 2011 and was hired full-time within four months. She now leads the Orkin Commercial account, focusing on developing integrated marketing strategies and programs for the company’s B2B efforts. The specialties she’s developed over the years include client advisory, digital marketing and public relations, all of which have played a significant role for Orkin Commercial, as well as other accounts Desireé has supported like Chick-fil-A, Orkin Residential and others.
Prior to joining Jackson Spalding, Desireé held several internships, gaining PR and media experience from St. Louis boutique PR agency The Hauser Group, nonprofits including the St. Louis Regional Clean Air Partnership and United Way of Greater St. Louis, The University of Alabama’s Media Relations department and WVUA-TV in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
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. Desireé was also 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.
Desireé was born in Spain, but lived most of her life in Belleville, Ill. near St. Louis. Since moving to Atlanta to join the Jackson Spalding team, she has fallen in love with the city. She and her husband live in a historic neighborhood with their sons and rescue dog Roxanne, just steps away from the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail. Traveling is one of their favorite pastimes, but while they’re home in Atlanta, you can catch them checking out new restaurants and enjoying park playgrounds all around the city.