Account Manager, Public Relations & Marketing
First we eat, then we do everything else.M.F.K. Fisher
Growing up on her family’s Hawaiian potluck dinners, Lani’s love for hospitality has been brewing since a young age. A Southern California native, she got her feet wet in the Bay Area restaurant industry by supplementing her public relations courses at the University of San Francisco with serving, bartending, and interning at some of the city’s most prominent agencies. After graduation, Lani then kickstarted a career in hospitality marketing at Wagstaff Worldwide where she cultivated lifelong relationships with local and national media contacts. She went on to lead PR campaigns for over 20 high-profile restaurants, hotels, fast casual brands, and culinary events over this time in addition to driving social media and marketing initiatives for each hospitality account. At af&co., she is thrilled to utilize her deep roots in San Francisco’s hospitality and media communities to bring awareness and success to an industry that she cares so deeply about. She also serves as PR Chair for Share our Strength’s Taste of the Nation SF in addition to volunteering her time with La Cocina and CUESA. When she’s not channeling Anthony Bourdain and exploring new cities through food, she can be found recipe testing from the latest issue of Bon Appétit and of course, updating her social media pages.