Liza Sacilioc is a public relations & communications expert. For the last two decades she has worked in a variety of sectors, including; consumer products, services & technology; nonprofit and arts & entertainment. She specializes in PR strategy, implementation, research, writing, project management, and blogger programs & outreach. Liza began her career as a project manager at Edge Communications, Inc., where she helped launch campaigns for national companies such as CarsDirect.com, NetZero.net, Ebates.com, Casio Phonemate and many more. In addition to her PR work she founded the first female-focused snowboarding shop in California. As co-founder and president, she spearheaded all of Smitten’s branding, PR and social media marketing efforts, which resulted in a feature in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Pasadena Star News and several trade and online publications. As a partner in the Momentum Solutions team, she leads our PR and marketing efforts, always bringing a fresh and direct approach to client support and creative development. Having worked with small-to-large businesses and grassroots nonprofits, she brings a perspective that adds tremendous value to our clients. Liza’s most recent clients and projects include campaigns for Bialetti USA, The Law Offices of Donald P. Schweitzer, HOWL! Happening, JVSLA, Los Angeles Education Partnership, Marshall B. Ketchum University and Shelter Partnership.
David Andrés Kietzman is a talented social impact leader, known for his ability to fuse his strengths in management, fundraising and marketing. David uses his expertise as a civic sector leader, background in marketing and branding; and a certification as a professional coach, to train leaders and groups on the importance of combining their passion and expertise to help brand themselves as thought leaders in their field. David has launched various nonprofit, business and social enterprise ventures, including the nonprofit Youth Speak Collective, based in the San Fernando Valley. A successful quality of his ventures is the ability to build partnerships with hundreds of businesses, elected offices, philanthropists and schools.
As our Managing Partner and Chief Engagement Officer, David is able to work with our clients to help increase their funding, clients or participants through effective marketing. David has an authentic dedication to the values of community, creative leadership and innovation. He serves clients, donors, civic leaders and community residents by helping everyone create a stronger impact through clear communication. Past key clients include: Bird Rock Yoga, County of Los Angeles, LA BID Consortium, Chimayo Press, Coronado Real Estate Group, Jewish Vocational Services, New Leaders Council, Yuma Regional Hospital and Union Rescue Mission. David is also a guest lecturer for the Center for Nonprofit Management, Urban Youth Workers Institute, USC, UCLA, CSUN, and the Executive Service Corps of Southern California, where he often speaks about thought leadership, social media and marketing strategy.
Pia is a Transformational Coach & Facilitator, Digital Marketer, Improviser, Writer, and Public Speaker. She has spent the last eight years working in social justice nonprofits at both the direct service level and policy level. At Momentum Solutions, Pia uses her strengths as a leadership coach and also helps clients develop effective and engaging social media campaigns. Most recently she has served as the Digital Communications Manager for Advancement Project California and as a consultant for the Zimmer Children’s Museum’s youTHink program. In this program, she used the power of art to empower youth in grades 5-12 to sharpen their critical thinking and civic engagement skills. Pia also uses improv to help adults, children, and organizations to develop better communication skills and increase their self-awareness, confidence and creative-thinking abilities. She is an Accredited Transformational Coach through Leadership That Works. Since 2003 she has been studying and performing improvisation and acting at the Studio Theater, Bang Comedy Theater, and Improv Olympics West. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. When she’s not writing her blog or shopping for funky jewelry, Pia enjoys cooking for friends and family, eating chunky monkey ice cream and watching quirky television shows with her husband, Will.
Gabriela Torres is an executive coach, brand specialist and partner on the Momentum Solutions team. A seasoned professional with more than two decades of brand building and brand ideation for community-focused campaigns, Gabriela uses a coaching lens to help individuals and companies uncover their true brand identity and thought leader message from ideation to implementation. With her certification and training as a professional coach, Gabriela has become a trusted coach and thought partner to many businesses and entrepreneurial nonprofit leaders. As a coach she approaches problems as solutions, and helps the client find the ideal solution for their needs. Past clients include, LA Care Health Plan and RLR Advertising, along with a variety of pro-bono causes. She holds a degree in International Business and Latin American Studies.
A Los Angeles native, and a Certified Professional Coach, Evelin E. Montes grounds her coaching in the belief that we are all worthy individuals capable of great things. Evelin serves as a vessel for individuals as they explore, dig deep, and identify personal strengths and fresh perspectives to tackle challenges. Evelin is passionate about racial, gender and LGBTQIA justice. Evelin’s leadership experience stems from organizing in the community where she was born and raised – MacArthur Park/Westlake. Evelin’s extensive resume includes supporting institutions such as The California Endowment, California Community Foundation, the California Conference for Equality and Justice, the California Latino Leadership Institute, and the Liberty Hill Foundation. Evelin holds a Bachelors degree from Occidental College in Urban and Environmental Policy.
An import from Europe and transplant to Los Angeles, Emanuela Cariolagian is a seasoned media relations specialist and marketing communications professional. Emanuela has a wide array of experience in a plethora of industries. Throughout her career, she has built strong client and business relationships through mutual trust, integrity and high standards of client service. Emanuela has more than 20 years of public relations and marketing experience. Prior to joining the Momentum Solutions Team, she has worked with agencies, organizations, start-ups, established businesses and high-profile Fortune 500 companies including CNN, Hilton Hotels and the City of Claremont. Emanuela has also worked at some of the public relations industry’s top agencies, including Golin/Harris International, MSLGroup, and The Bohle Company. She is a proud recipient of the prestigious Trevett Award from the Public Relations Society of America. Emanuela earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing from California State University, Northridge. She is fluent in English, French, Romanian and Armenian, and is knowledgeable in Spanish.
Denise is a 10-year veteran of bi-cultural community engagement, public affairs and political campaigns, experienced in recruiting and building coalitions comprised of influential political figures, media outlets and opinion leaders in key states and congressional districts. Denise understands grassroots organizing and how media, marketing, and other strategies fit into an advocacy campaign.
Most recently Denise served as a strategic communications consultant in Washington, D.C., at one of the largest public affairs firms, where she was responsible for multiple public engagement campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, issue advocacy groups, and national non-profits. She is fluent in Spanish, a seasoned cultural interpreter, and a digital marketing strategist. Her passion is connecting people and ideas to drive growth and social impact for her clients.
Frank Romero-Crockett is a digital strategist and print/web designer that has worked with dozens of ventures, higher education programs, and political campaigns on their branding identity, websites, marketing collateral, and social media outreach. He focuses on developing authentic brands that allow the website and online marketing to tell a clear and developed story to the audience. Frank specializes in creating a better user experience on website and mobile browsing, tracking and analytics, using an integrated marketing approach. With degrees in education and digital marketing & strategy, Frank is posed to coach businesses towards more innovative designs, client focused marketing and online engagement. Past projects and clients include Coro Southern California, Azusa Pacific University, Southern California College Access Network, Progressive Christians Uniting and Fast for our Future – An Immigrant Rights Campaign.
Cristina grew up in the Central Coast of California but moved to Southern California to pursue her dreams in Los Angeles. She is currently a senior at California State University Northridge where she is majoring in Journalism with an emphasis in public relations and minoring in psychology. At Cal State Northridge she serves as a mentor for incoming students as a New Student Orientation Leader providing students with tours, resources, and a welcoming atmosphere. Aside from being a mentor, Cristina currently serves as the recruitment chair for her sorority, Phi Mu. She was previously the public relations chairman as well as the vice president. She takes great pride in her work and culture and is fluent in both English and Spanish. As Momentum, Cristina is ecstatic to learn more about her career choice and obtain hands-on experiences with clients. She is proud to take on this journey with a socially impactful firm and learn from their partners.