Michelle S. Leyva
A rising tide lifts all boats.
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.
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!
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.
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.
GREGORY JOHN SMITH
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.