Howard Ruben Public Relations

          a communications agency created by journalists


public relations specialist

Richard Leivenberg
Richard has worked both sides of the public relations spectrum as a professional writer and communications/marketing executive. While he currently focuses on the food industry, his experience extends to sports, entertainment and fashion.
As the former Executive Vice-President of Jody Maroni’s Sausage Kingdom, Leivenberg turned a one-location hot dog stand and sausage maker into a multi-unit, franchise company and nationally recognized retail brand.   In his role, he managed the public relations, advertising, social media and other marketing duties. As a journalist, Leivenberg’s byline has appeared in numerous publications and websites including GQ, Business Week,  Men’s Fitness, Los Angeles Magazine, Bleacher Report and

Leivenberg's client resume includes such leading brands as Lenny and Larry’s, Hugo’s Restaurants, Reuseniks, The Food Connector, Axis Purchasing and Giuliano's Bakery. Leivenberg has volunteered his Marketing and PR expertise to nonprofit educators through the Taproot Foundation. He studied Communications and Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and received a California teaching credential from CalStateTEACH. Leivenberg resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Lori Berger, a magazine editor.  Their two sons also attended Berkeley and live in San Francisco and New York.  

Jeffrey Graubard

Jeffrey R. Graubard is a senior sports public relations and marketing strategist with more than 25 years experience servicing Fortune 500 companies.  Key areas of expertise include developing media-intensive marketing communications plans (both digital and traditional), counseling corporate principals and interfacing with key media at national outlets, such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, network news desks and news magazines.
Current and former clients include the four major sports leagues, Nike, USA Luge and sports programs for Time Inc., Verizon, and MassMutual.

Graubard also writes and lectures about both public relations and baseball.  His work has appeared in the Village Voice and the Sunday New York Daily News, among others, and he has lectured at New York University and the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition. Based in New York, Graubard resides in Englewood, N.J. with his 16-year old son, where they both enjoy baseball, movies, travel and current events.  He is a graduate of Boston University’s School of Public Communication.

Erika Crespo
Based in Long Beach, California, Erika Crespo directs social media programs for a wide variety of clients in fashion, film, health and nonprofit. Her expertise runs the gamut from full-service social media strategy and implementation, to video content creation, blogs, channel monitoring and social media sentiment monitoring and analysis. Crespo presently works on HRPR’s MIA ROSA account.  She is a graduate of the USC Film School.

Stefanie Williamson
Stefanie is an experienced, senior-level publicist who has worked on a variety of high-level projects, ranging from nonprofit to consumer products, fashion and entertainment.  Based in New York, Williamson has an extensive background in media relations, garnering press for clients both big and small. A partial list of clients includes: Christie’s Auction House, The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, National Geographic, Carol Armitage, ShedRain, Complex Magazine and Anne Barge. From concept visualization and targeted implementation to extensive follow through, Williamson works with each client to create a customized media strategy. Her broad experience and knowledge of the industry has helped build strong relationships with top-tier media, including both regional and national newspapers, magazines, television, radio, internet and bloggers.  In addition to securing media placements, Williamson specializes in developing creative content, marketing strategies, planning, media training, and media events. Williamson resides in New York with her husband and children.

Howard Ruben
An award-winning editor and public relations specialist in Los Angeles, Howard Ruben has created successful PR and Social Media campaigns for hundreds of companies and individuals in fashion, food, beverage, sports, film, hospitality, publishing, music, entertainment, business and nonprofit. Past and present clients include National Geographic, Ritos del Sol, Mephisto, California Music Project,  Golden Phoenix Foundation, Goldwin America., Ocean Pacific, Skechers, ShedRain, MAGIC, WSA Shoe Show, and Karen Neuburger. Prior to starting his agency, Ruben was a business editor for WWD/DNR, the "bibles" of the fashion industry. 

As a journalist, Ruben's stories on sports, marketing, and lifestyle have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles magazine, GQ, Adweek, Ad Age, USAir magazine, UPI, MR, and Sportswear International.  Ruben was a featured sports columnist for Bleacher Report, (Turner Communications), where his articles generated over 2 million reads.  He is a graduate of the University of Missouri's School of Journalism.

About Us  / Howard Ruben Public Relations is an experienced team of PR, Social Media, & Editorial specialists. Extraordinary storytellers with a creative capacity for identifying newsworthy messages that make your brand unique.