Michelle S. Leyva

A rising tide lifts all boats. 

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Michelle S. Leyva is the founder of Michelle Sanders Communications. Early on, Michelle made her mark handling regional pr, promotions, and marketing in the Pacific Northwest for major movie studios including Columbia Pictures, Focus Features, Fox Searchlight, Twentieth Century Fox, and others. In this role, she handled personal appearance tours and media days, in addition to the regional publicity for dozens of individual films ensuring their successful roll-out in primarily the Seattle and Portland markets.

With time spent living and working in the greater Los Angeles-area, work in New York City, and now headquartered in Seattle, Michelle has developed well-rounded skills that have led her to successfully represent a variety of business types and sizes. She has built an extensive media and community contact list that has resulted in placements for emerging and established brands in Real Simple Magazine, CBS This Morning, “Nightline,” The New York Times, USA Today, E!, Parenting, Family Circle magazine, Time Out New York, Sunset magazine, Good Day LA, Food + Wine magazine, and many more.

Michelle earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Seattle University. She is an avid equestrian and lives in West Seattle with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.

 
 
 
 Stopped by client Pure Food Fish Market for a light dinner.

Stopped by client Pure Food Fish Market for a light dinner.

 Running a photo shoot - definite jack of all trades on this day!

Running a photo shoot - definite jack of all trades on this day!

 
 
 KING 5 segment with Natasha Ryan.

KING 5 segment with Natasha Ryan.

 Supporting client Coltura's community efforts.

Supporting client Coltura's community efforts.

 
 

MSC Team

 
 
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Amanda Bedell
Publicist and Communications Specialist

Amanda has spent over 10 years in the marketing and public relations fields working with multi-million dollar nonprofits and in the entertainment industry. She's worked with large companies, like Seattle Theatre Group and Walt Disney Pictures, and small businesses, like Nuflours Bakery and Jet City Animal Clinic. She specializes in communications strategy and implementation, social media planning and content generation, and project and event management. Her work was acknowledged by the Public Relations Society of America with its highest honor, a Totem Award.

 
 
 

This is why I do it.

Being recognized by colleagues for my never-ending pursuit to share the stories of these clients and to shed light on their incredible work make the victories even sweeter. Thank you!

 
 
Michelle is one of the most resourceful, passionate, diligent, and extraordinary publicists I have had the pleasure to work with in my over fifteen years of working in the entertainment industry. Michelle came on a few years ago and helped us unearth untapped press sources, story angles and media platforms that allowed us to reach new audiences and ultimately set the table for record-breaking ticket sales last year.

More importantly though, Michelle brings her whole heart to the table when she works with her clients and clearly has a deep personal investment in our company. As such she is not just a vendor in our eyes, but a trusted and invaluable part of our team.
— Michelle Haines, Teatro ZinZanni
You’ve done a mind-blowingly good job, and really went above and beyond on everything Tentwood. I’m so lucky to have your support right from the very beginning. Sunset Magazine? The Knot? Evening? I mean it’s just crazy how much coverage we got! Thanks again.
— Kelsey Von Stubbe, Tentwood
Michelle has been absolutely brilliant to work with and has become an integral role in our daily operations. She not only goes beyond the call of duty, but her attention to detail, industry know-how and ability to get results is second to none. Under her guidance, our business profile has flourished, our audiences have grown and the general public receives a clear and consistent message that they can rely on. Our only gripe (and it’s a big one) is that we can’t have her to ourselves.
— Chris and Fae Pink, Can Can Culinary Cabaret
I just wanted to say thank you for doing such an amazing job this year. You killed it and definitely pushed the event further than anything we have been able to achieve in the past. I would love to have you back next year.
— Rachel Willner, Seattle Tattoo Expo
Michelle is an incredibly inspirational and accomplished woman. She handles every task with professionalism, efficiency, enthusiasm, class, and grace.
— Denah Angel, Stack’s Bowers
Michelle’s creative use of resources is a true gift to me, as she uncovers areas of connection I never knew existed.
— Lily Verlaine, producer/choreographer/performer
Michelle is smart, creative, and well-connected. She understands how media works, and how to get coverage. Plus–and this is critical when deadlines and stress are in the picture–she’s open, direct, and has a positive outlook that makes her wonderful to work with.
— Marta Zekan, host at Classical KING FM
Our events have achieved a new level of attendance and success due to Michelle’s leadership. Our team at ParentMap would all agree that beyond Michelle’s great professional skills, she is delightful and charming making her a pleasure to work with.
— Alayne Sulkin, ParentMap publisher
 
 
 

MSC PARTNER VENDORS

There are so many talented people in the world! PR, Marketing, and Social Media are just three of the powerful tools in the business growth tool belt. As a boutique agency, I am constantly searching for some of the best and brightest to refer and collaborate with on various projects. Here are some of those fine partners of mine.

 
 
 
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Egan Kolb
Videographer

Born to an artist mother and an environmental planning father in Austin, Texas, Egan Kolb is a versatile videographer, editor, and sound-arts professional. He employs a synergy between video, audio, and social interaction to feed his undying curiosity for travel, culture, and storytelling. A passionate love for music began with a hand-me-down guitar at age 15, which led to a secondary education immersed with professional audio and visual media in the San Francisco Bay Area. Now, Egan lives in the greater Seattle area and pursues all aspects of filmmaking. Egan’s tenacious search for story and character will continue to inspire his visual and audio work for decades to come.

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GREGORY JOHN SMITH
VISUAL DESIGNER

Gregory John Smith is a full-time freelance designer with 10+ years in branding, print, & user experience design. His strong character and fun personality lend to a punchy, impactful, and well-versed aesthetic. His creativity is fueled by an appetite for king crab, a passion for music, and a history in the fine arts. Greg loves print and thinking big.

His clients include: KEXP, Herbivore Botanicals, Starbucks, The Stranger, Mo POP, Hard Rock Cafe, The Showbox, Macklemore, Sub Pop Records, Sasquatch! Music Festival, The Derschang Group, Fernet-Branca, + more.

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Enough about me.

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