JESSICA LEVY | President
As President and Founder of Levy, Jessica has positioned the firm as a highly recognized PR and marketing agency in South Florida and New York.
Jessica has a strong work ethic that has been instilled by an entrepreneurial family. She takes great pride in making sure her clients are offered the best in strategic marketing, events, social media and PR platforms. After working in New York for a publishing group, Jessica transitioned into the agency side in 2004. She was partner of a South Florida marketing agency for several years where she worked with top-notch brands from across the globe and continues to represent a strong caliber of clientele today.
Jessica has set out to bring an innovative and competitive edge to marketing and PR. She brings with her the knowledge and experience to build brands and take them to the next level through digital and media relations. Her constant awareness of the marketplace inspires her to put in motion new creative ideas and tactics to benefit the client base at Levy.
An active member in the community and within different organizations; Jessica is Co-Chair of The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Miami Chapter and contributes to other organizations including American Cancer Society, Lotus House, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
RACHEL LEVY CHACKMAN | Managing Partner
A leader in the industry, Rachel brings a unique and knowledgeable perspective to the company. As Managing Partner, she oversees the team at Levy and provides guidance on marketing initiatives and campaigns.
Rachel has developed and implemented strategic campaigns for numerous high-end clients and has earned a reputation for stellar representation. Fluent in English and Spanish, she has successfully built relationships that have maximized exposure opportunities. Rachel has been essential in securing media placements within such prestigious sources as CNBC, Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, New York Times, Bloomberg, Fox News, CNN, The Real Deal and top Latin American periodicals such as O Estado de Sao Paolo, Reforma, La Nacion, El Universal, El Tiempo and Veja Brazil.
Rachel holds a Communications Degree and continues to be a top-producing representative for clients in the local, national and international arena.
GABRIELLE KOLEVRIS-ROOTS | Executive Vice President
As Executive Vice President at Levy, when Gabrielle is not crunching numbers, she is coordinating memorable events. From a 6,000-person real estate tradeshow to ground breaking events for the industry’s finest real estate developers and privately hosted celebrity Chef dinners, Gabrielle is responsible for all aspects of event planning from inception to execution.
Prior to working at Levy, Gabrielle worked in the South Florida film industry. Gabrielle is originally from San Francisco, California. She has also lived in Boston where she graduated with a degree in Economics from Boston University. Gabrielle is an avid traveler, boater and is fluent in English, Spanish and Greek.
Gabrielle is a founding board member of Safer U.S., a non-profit organization with a mission to provide substance abuse education as well as access to trusted treatment centers. She is also a passionate volunteer with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Feeding South Florida.
SYDNEY SCHMIDT | VP of Public Relations
As Vice President of Public Relations in Levy’s Miami office, Sydney specializes in strategic media relations campaigns and public relations efforts for her clients. She has worked with a variety of clientele from local startups to global luxury brands in industries including real estate, design, architecture, fitness, health and wellness, technology and fashion. She manages the Miami public relations team of researchers, writers and pitchers, serving clients from Miami to New York to California.
Sydney’s passion is telling stories. Whether it be positioning her client as an expert in their field or dissecting the ins and outs of a brand to find a timely hook, she challenges herself to get creative when it comes to telling her clients’ stories. She prioritizes collaboration and relationships in all aspects – with her team, her clients and the media.
Prior to moving to Miami and joining Levy, Sydney began her communications career in Orlando where she worked in the consumer and health-tech industries. When she’s not pitching or traveling to meet with clients and the press, Sydney can be found at the dog park or hanging out with her friends and family.
MELISSA SWEREDOSKI | VP of Public Relations
As Vice President of Public Relations in Levy’s Fort Lauderdale office, Melissa manages the team and services clients based in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, as well as additional clients across the greater Florida region.
Prior to joining Levy, Melissa worked in the hospitality public relations realm for four years. She specializes in strategic communications where she promotes brands using proven practices while also integrating evolving and cutting-edge techniques. She leverages her relationships in the public arena to bring value to her clients and prefers a very hands-on style to her work. In the newly opened Fort Lauderdale office location, she hopes to grow Levy’s client list and continue to offer a strategic and out-of-the-box approach to communications.
Melissa is also a founding member and Chair of the Deliver the Dream’s Young Professionals Board, a non-profit that benefits families in need through healing retreats. When she isn’t pitching media or connecting with people, Melissa can be found on the beaches of Fort Lauderdale or exploring the newest restaurants in South Florida.
LILY WATTERS | Social Media Director
Lily Watters is Social Media Director at Levy Public Relations and Events. Lily joined the team in 2017 where she spearheaded the division and helped it grow to what it is today. She is responsible for the planning and execution of her client’s social media strategy, promotions, and content creation for the luxury real estate, hospitality, and restaurant industries.
Born and raised in Miami, Lily attended Florida International University where she earned a degree in advertising and a minor in marketing. In order to develop her marketing skills and gain hands on experience in the industry she interned at Turnberry Associates. During her time at Turnberry, Lily learned the fundamentals of marketing and social media. Finding her passion for social media, she then began her career in the field by managing the accounts for her parent’s business, Rik Rak Salon.
When she’s not gaining exposure for her clients, Lily can be found at the dance studio or planning her next travel endeavor. Lily cheered for the Miami Dolphins for three years and continues to be actively involved with the organization today. She also has two cats, Mickey and Mango, who take up her entire camera roll on her phone/