What brands do you admire, and why?

Amazon is my favorite brand for both personal and professional reasons. I love the convenience the site brings to shopping for a variety of products from small household needs and clothing to larger purchases of electronics and furniture. Professionally, I respect the brand’s disruption in the market and the way its team has grown its offerings through Prime and Dash buttons. Jeff Bezos is a business and technology genius who also owns The Washington Post, which provides a direct line to the editorial board should he need it. Smart move. It’s important to note, however, that he doesn’t set the news agenda for the paper.

What do you wish people knew about your job?

Public relations professionals are storytellers, just like the reporters and producers we work with every day, and we exist to make journalists’ lives easier. We’re working with our clients to find the best, newsworthy stories about their brands and pitch the media the top opportunities.

What’s the weirdest thing on your desk, and why do you have it?

A monogrammed jar of fine-point Sharpie markers in a variety of colors. I use one that matches my outfit every day.