Name & Age: Molly Gilbert, 26
Hometown: Woodinville, WA
Current Neighborhood: Sunnyside
How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? I work in PR at a local agency during the day on fun accounts like Cirque du Soleil, BridgePort Beers and Marquis Companies. My slash? I work part-time as an instructor at the Art Institute of Portland teaching young, and many times highly fashionable, minds the ways of PR.
What do you create? Lots of people view PR as a glamorous industry when it is actually a lot of typing and phone calls. I create press releases, strategic messaging and hopefully, in return, news stories. Behind every cover of Vanity Fair or editorial in the Oregonian is a PR professional giving themselves a well-deserved pat on the back.
How did you land in Portland? I spent a majority of my high school life planning on college in sunny California, but then a surprise soccer recruiting trip took me out to the mountains of Montana and I was hooked. After four years in Missoula, I headed down south to work for Snowbird Ski Resort in their marketing department as a professional ski-bum. But, I missed the west coast and knew I wanted to try something new. Portland was just the “new” that I needed and I haven’t looked back since.
What is the last book you read? The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett
Name your favorite tattoo. I played soccer with a girl in college that got the Nike swoosh tattoo’d on her foot. We also have a VP at our agency that got our agency logo tattoo’d on his forearm. No joke. Alas, I have no plans on branding myself.
What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? The last thing that I ate at a food cart was half of a sausage, from The Bro-Dog and it was unreal. After a chilly bike ride to The Portland Bazaar in December – it was the perfect lunchtime chow.
Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? Asking someone in PR this question is a little like career suicide. So I will say, Oregonian for the news, Willamette Week for the event guide and Portland Mercury for witty food reviews by Mr. Tony Perez.
What is your favorite bridge and why? I love the Bridge of the Gods out in the gorge between WA and OR. When I first drove a U-Haul into Oregon in 2009, I stopped at that bridge just to see it in person and take a few photos. Now it always reminds me of that initial adventure – driving into a new city for the first time.
Stumptown Coffee or _________? Stumptown Coffee. Hands down. Soy Latte. Coffee + Molly = Slight Addiction.
Coast or Mountains? This powder hound loves the mountains. Give me fresh powder, a steep slope and chilly mountain air and I’m a happy girl. One of my top goals in life is to beat my boyfriend to the bottom just once.
Only in Portland moment? As part of my work I organized an after-party for the World Naked Bike Ride underneath the Hawthorne Bridge on the Eastside. It was nuts. Literally.
A favorite local business? I have two: Cupcake Jones for their red velvet cupcake and owner Lisa Watson. We got the chance to work with her and she’s a total doll. And New Seasons. I love that they always answer my questions with a smile. In the age of “busy-busy” – that goes a long way.
Are you a car person or a bike person? 90% car, 10% bike. I’m fortunate enough to live in an area where I can bike – it’s just the cold-wuss in me that prevents that.
If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? Six words: Bring Major League Baseball to Portland.
And finally, where can we find you on the web? Twitter: @mollybirdelle