Charisse Barnachea,

Account Executive

Charisse likes to practice the “vuja de” mentality (reverse of déjà vu), which is viewing everything with fresh eyes as if seeing it for the first time. Her ability to shift perspective and take a different approach, combined with her positive attitude, has helped her deliver impactful results for PR clients - big and small - across multiple industries. She has secured placements in local, regional and national outlets including The Today Show, FOX & Friends, Entrepreneur, 

Cosmopolitan, ZAGAT, Chicago Tribune, Chicago magazine, and many more. 


She graduated from Bradley University with a B.A. in Communications (with an emphasis on Public Relations). Before joining Mekky Media Relations, Charisse worked at two boutique PR firms in Chicago, where she honed her skills in strategic communications, brand positioning, account management, client/influencer relations, and content creation. She also worked for Yelp, where she helped build the Chicago North Shore brand through events, business partnerships, community relations, and social media marketing. 


In her free time, Charisse loves cuddling with her adorable nephews, planning her next food adventure, discussing pop culture, and listening to live music. 

An Official Member of the Forbes 2020 Agency Council

2018 Stevie® Award Winner for Women in Business, Entrepreneur of the Year

2019 Golden Trumpet Award Winner for Media Relations and Advocacy 

2019 National Business Enterprise (WBENC) Certified 

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