Our Team

Our Leadership

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Liz Kaplow

CEO & Founder

Liz Kaplow

At Kaplow we are passionate about telling our clients’ great brand stories, producing a meaningful connection to the consumer.

Liz Kaplow is a visionary entrepreneur who has reinvented the practice of public relations for today’s social/digital world.

Liz founded Kaplow Communications on the belief that brands can make meaningful connections with consumers through storytelling, an insight ahead of its time. Two-plus decades later, she pioneered the use of emerging technology to revolutionize the practice and better serve clients.

A respected advisor to business leaders around the globe, Liz also has been a mentor to prominent young practitioners. She has earned many honors, including the coveted Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications and PRNews’ Top Women in PR Award, as well as a repeated spot on New York Observer’s PR Power List.

She serves on the boards of Cosmetic Executive Women and the PRSA Foundation. An honors graduate of Vassar College, she has a graduate degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

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Randi Liodice

President &
Chief Strategy Officer

Randi Liodice

The power of one cohesive brand narrative should never be underestimated. We identify the important intersection between a brand’s DNA and audience relevancy that drives long-term loyalty.

Randi has established herself as a leading counselor for today’s top communications and marketing executives. In her two-decade career, she has served as an advisor to senior level talent across finance, consumer and technology industries, helping to craft and deliver ownable and impactful narrative strategies.

At Kaplow, Randi has developed several proprietary products aimed at strengthening relationships between brands and their most valuable audiences. These include the agency’s exclusive Digital Emotional Quotient™ (DEQ™) methodology and report, and Kaplow’s ONE Sessions, a unique approach to unification among internal teams that inspires consensus and strengthens branding and messaging across organizations.

In addition to working with blue-chip clients such as Fidelity, Target, CVS, Dermstore and others, she mentors staff throughout the agency on topics such as integrated strategy, presentation skills, digital communications, measurement and analytics, and more.

Prior to Kaplow, Randi served in management roles in the editorial and product space at IAC Applications, using her public relations expertise to help brand growing web properties and attract new users. She honed her communications skills working with some of the world’s most innovative companies, including Dove and The Campaign for Real Beauty, Proctor & Gamble, Weight Watchers, Ford Motor Company and a host of others.

Randi is a sought-after speaker at conferences and corporate events and a proud founding member of Chief, a private network of today’s leading female executives. Randi is an honors graduate of The University of Rochester and has studied voice at The Eastman School of Music. She resides in Westchester County, NY, with her husband Chris, and sons Dylan and Tyler.

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Evan Jacobs

CFO

Evan Jacobs

Our business philosophy is built around hands-on senior level counsel and involvement each and every step of the way.

Evan has been the Chief Financial and Operating Officer of Kaplow Communications, Inc. since 1998. Prior to joining Kaplow on a full-time basis, he acted as legal counsel and helped in the original formation and operations for the Company.

Evan has served as a legal advisor in the areas of real estate and corporate law and as a principal in various real estate developments for more than 25 years. The firm he co-founded, Jacobs & Mosokowitz, advised clients in a broad range of areas, including real estate, finance and manufacturing.

Evan holds an A.B. from Vassar College and a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law. He serves as the Treasurer and on the board of Project Morry, a youth development organization as well as on the board of his coop. He was active in alumni admissions with Vassar and is currently members of both St. Andrews Golf Club and the Penn Club.

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Samara Finn Holland

EVP, Growth & Strategic Initiatives

Samara Finn Holland

Developing authentic alignments is at the core of Kaplow’s DNA. We take pride in connecting brands with the right influential voices and partners to drive advocacy and change consumer behavior.

Samara is an integrated communications professional who has spent the last 15+ years helping household brands develop unique marketing programs rooted in storytelling and consumer engagement. A PR Week 40 Under 40 honoree and PR News Digital Communicator of the Year award winner, Samara has a track record of driving innovation, overseeing business growth and propelling managerial excellence. In addition to leading Kaplow’s influencer marketing division, she is responsible for expanding client services, designing staff development programs and elevating the agency’s external industry visibility.

Prior to joining Kaplow, Samara created a first-of-its-kind dedicated influencer relations team at Marina Maher Communications responsible for developing digital engagement strategies for clients such as Procter & Gamble, Coty, Bayer, Henkel, Merck and Pfizer.

Samara graduated cum laude from Fordham University at Lincoln Center with a degree in Communications/Media Studies and currently sits on the Fordham University Alumni Association Advisory Board.

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Claire Nilsson

EVP, Beauty

Claire Nilsson

No one understands how to forecast and adapt to the ever-changing beauty industry like Kaplow. As strategic partners, our high-touch, customized approach differentiates brands within the minds of media, tastemakers and consumers

A beauty enthusiast and seasoned communications executive, Claire Nilsson has 14+ years of experience creating transformative communications strategies and programming for global beauty and lifestyle companies.   Claire brings her expertise in developing and executing integrated marketing campaigns, strategic partnerships, thought leadership, influencer marketing and celebrity management to deliver award-winning work for Kaplow’s beauty roster, including CVS Beauty, Dermstore, Bluemercury, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Conair, wet n Wild, Better Natured, CEW and more. During her tenure, Claire has been at the helm of elevating CVS as a true beauty destination, as well as spearheading their ground-breaking Beauty Mark campaign.

Prior to joining Kaplow, Claire was Vice President at mml overseeing beauty clients including essie, NYX Cosmetics, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Garnier, Soap & Glory, and more. Previous to mml, Claire was with Ketchum Public Relations working across their entertainment and CPG platforms for brands such as Absolut, Maserati, ConAgra Foods and Mattel.

Claire began her career in public relations after attending Vanderbilt University.

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Jee Nah Chang Walker

EVP, Lifestyle

Jee Nah Chang Walker

Innovation continues to drive and excite us; it’s why Kaplow is known for some of the most ambitious, eye-catching and talked about campaigns in the industry.

Jee Nah is a seasoned communications executive that delivers business-driving results, brand awareness and consumer love for the most recognizable names in retail and lifestyle including Target, David’s Bridal, Fidelity Investments, Stanley brand, Stitch Fix and digital upstarts Digit, Greetabl and nectar.

At Kaplow, Jee Nah repositioned Timex from a bottom shelf watch to a fashionable style brand, created award-winning campaigns for PVH’s Warners brand that was awarded the Gold Sabre for Best Fashion and Beauty Campaign of the Year and was at the helm of establishing Target as a retail leader in advancing racial equity by accelerating the company’s DE&I efforts with the launch of its Racial Equity Action and Change committee.

Jee Nah is passionate about Kaplow’s culture of learning, mentorship and inclusivity and is a founding member of Kaplow’s DE&I Taskforce. She is proud to bring her clients her extensive experience launching exclusive retail and brand partnerships, designer collaborations, integrated influencer marketing programs and thought leadership communications programs for C-level executives.

Jee Nah attended The University of Colorado at Boulder with degrees in English and Creative Writing.

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Andrea Kurtz

SVP, Health & Wellness

Andrea Kurtz

Andrea is an award-winning communications professional bringing nearly two decades of experience to her role managing the consumer health and wellness practice at Kaplow. She has expertise in brand building, integrated marketing campaigns and driving media results for Fortune 500 brands across the consumer, technology and healthcare sectors.

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Sonya Li Casino

Group VP, Lifestyle

Sonya Li Casino

Sonya is a communications professional with over a decade of experience leading campaigns across lifestyle, retail, consumer tech, corporate and health and wellness brands at Kaplow. Over the course of her career, she has developed a strong understanding of the evolving media landscape and the strategic elements needed to bring a story to life. Sonya has a proven track record for generating top coverage across media verticals and has worked with clients ranging from Fortune 500 brands to start-ups.

Sonya joined Kaplow in 2013 and attributes her tenure to the agency’s team-oriented, collaborative nature.

Our Culture

A Culture of Growth

We’re proud to lead the industry as an independently owned, female-founded, family- first agency where our employees build long-term careers and grow into best-in-class communications leaders.

At Kaplow, we believe there are four essential elements of a strong and effective culture: Trust, Respect, Enthusiasm and Energy. Our practices reflect our most deeply held values, cultivating a company culture that is collaborative, communicative, down-to-earth, and fun. For us, we express our values in these ways:
KAPLOW COMMITTEES
We connect employees to each other through shared interests, personal passions and opportunities.
Kaplow offers numerous committees that provide team members at all levels the opportunity to grow their skills outside of their day-to-day client work.

NEW EARNED MEDIA COMMITEE
A center of excellence sharing changes in the earned media landscape through education, trainings and resource development.
T.R.E.E. TEAM
Makes Kaplow a best place to work by hosting engaging programming and celebrations that foster our commitment to CSR, health and wellness, socialization and education.
DE&I TASKFORCE
Furthers diversity and inclusion in the public relations practice by fostering hiring, educational and collaborative interagency trainings.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT & TRAINING
Our culture of learning sets the tone for how we behave and interact with employees.
We believe learning happens at all levels. Kaplow is proud to offer a variety of career trainings offered and executed in-house. Topics include Measurement & Reporting, Influencer Marketing, Affiliate Marketing and more.
VOLUNTEERISM
Kaplow’s commitment to giving back provides staff members with time to volunteer away from the office for causes they are passionate about.
Kaplow encourages volunteerism and sponsors volunteer efforts / opportunities during official work hours.
From the moment you start working at Kaplow, you feel welcomed and comfortable."
-Account Coordinator
There is an unending amount of support and respect given to all employees. It is truly a breath of fresh air to walk into work each day, knowing your company is there to support you in both your professional and personal growth."
-Account Executive
This is an agency where people truly care about each other. Whether it’s a suggestion for a team outing or a new business opportunity, leadership is always willing to listen and take our suggestions to heart."
-Account Supervisor
My favorite thing about working at Kaplow is how it feels like family – it’s amazing to see professionals who are so respectful of one another, compassionate and genuine.”
-Vice President
I love working at an agency that believes in purpose and volunteerism. Being able to carve time out to support missions, projects and programs important to me is one of my favorite things about working at Kaplow.”
-Senior Vice President

AWARD-WINNING

A Best Place to Work

Our employees consistently rate us as a best place to work and we’re proud that the PR industry recognizes us as industry leaders, a top agency and employer.

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