Aisha Ataka is a Junior Public Relations & Marketing Associate at Bonner Communications. Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, Aisha is half-Japanese and half-Pakistan. Attending high school in Karachi, she became the youngest contributor to Pakistan’s only Fashion Television Channel, where she gained early exposure in the art of cultivating a public image. Then at Goldsmith’s, University of London, she chose to major in Anthropology and Sociology, to understand complex human relations, including the intersections of her mixed-race background.
Following her graduation from College, she moved to Osaka, Japan to soak in her father’s Japanese culture, while teaching English. A long-time lover of the English language, wordsmith and social-media maven; it wasn’t until she arrived in San Francisco that she was exposed to the breadth of the communications industry through an internship and now full-time position at Bonner Communications.
Aisha quickly became adept at refining a company’s ethos, crafting messaging, pitching stories, landing media placements, account management and contributing to PR Strategy. An excellent creative thinker; Aisha brings her multicultural perspective to all that she does, and continuously ideates new and innovative ways to collaborate, promote and advance the brand equity of each account she works on.
- Favorite Quote: “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”- Coco Chanel
- Favorite Foods: Biryani, Sushi, Qorma, street-food of any kind!
- Hobbies: Traveling, reading fantasy novels, playing the sitar, blogging and finding the best new restaurants in the SF/Bay Area to dine in!
- Favorite Music: Eclectic- ranging from classical Western and Pakistani music, to jazz, hip-hop and rap.
Alyssa Hickerson is a Public Relations & Social Media Assistant at Bonner Communications. Born and raised in the Bay Area, she is a self-described “True Californian.” While attending college at San Jose State University earning her degree in Public Relations, Alyssa was highly involved in the school’s Orientation Program, PRSSA, and Alpha Phi sorority. Taking on executive roles in each, Alyssa gained leadership and communication skills that shaped her into a poised team builder. As Vice President of Membership Recruitment for her chapter, Alyssa planned and executed all aspects of annual new member recruitment, and won multiple awards at the Alpha Phi Western Conference.
At Bonner Communications, Alyssa conducts client research, compiles media lists, generates client media-monitoring reports, assists the CEO directly on client deliverables, contributes to social media strategy, manages social media budgets and produces social media reports. Managing the social media accounts for multiple clients daily; Alyssa devises engaging copy for clients across multiple industries that is resonant with each clients’ target consumer; leading to enhanced engagement and new follower acquisition.
When she isn’t working at Bonner Communications, Alyssa likes to spend her time dancing, outdoors, or at any Disney Theme Park. In 2013, Alyssa was selected to be an intern for The Disney College Program where she represented the company in a highly visible way as a Character Performer. She is now working on starting her own Disney blog to share her magical experience and secrets for fellow fanatics!
- Favorite Quote: “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” – Marilyn Monroe
- Favorite Food: Pineapples, pizza, and Disney churros
- Hobbies: Dancing, hiking, sports, wine tasting, makeup and of course, touring Disney Parks!
- Favorite Music: Motown, reggae and anything Celine Dion
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