Fellow, 2016 

Award-winning writer Marisa Finetti epitomizes integrity, energy, hard work and creative service in every detail of her career. Born in Tokyo, Marisa was raised in the San Francisco Bay area surrounded by her family's retail and restaurant businesses. Influenced greatly by her father, who was an advertising executive prior to opening his businesses, she followed his lead to become skillful in the disciplines of marketing and writing, ensuring that the two would lead to success in any field.

After graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a journalism/PR degree, she worked for Paramount Pictures in the area of television promotions prior to working as a corporate communications specialist at Rogers & Cowan public relations agency, which represented the top-grossing celebrities and films in Hollywood.

For the past 10 years, Marisa has written regularly for Las Vegas and regional magazines on the topics of food, wine, lifestyle, and luxury.  She is a 2016 fellowship recipient of the Professional Wine Writers Symposium and is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers.  

Marisa also offers public relations and marketing services to small business clients.  She shares their vision for growth, visibility and success by strengthening their brand through integrated marketing specialties, like trade relations, B2B marketing, corporate communications, public relations and social media.  This mix of specialties is customized to maximize their engagement and influence over their clients and to demonstrate solid thought-leadership in their industry.  Marisa is a hands-on professional who takes ownership of her clients’ goals, and works with motivation, passion and unbridled spirit to achieve them together.