Marianne Jackson

Event Producer & Business Development

Marianne channelled an early obsession with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers into a fascination for all things ‘party-related’.  By the age of 10, she could be found fastidiously planning not only her birthday parties, but also those of her friends and family members.  She’d spend months in advance sorting out the details from the menu, to decor, to invites, to entertainment, nothing was insignificant.  Little did she know that this passion for planning parties would actually lead to a career.  She has been working in the event industry since 2000 and is exceptionally well versed in translating an idea into fruition.

“I thrive on learning our client’s vision for their event and being able to make it tangible by using my creativity and sourcing incredible vendors.  I really value the industry relationships I’ve built over the years and love being able to give that back to my clients”
Marianne has worked on over 1500 events of all sizes. Her client list includes companies such as Spotify, Google, IBM, Facebook, and UCSF.   “Getting the email from our client the day after an exhausting event that says our team exceeded all expectations is what fuels me.  I want above and beyond to be the bar that’s set for our clients”
Marianne holds a bachelors degree in theater and women’s studies from Beloit College.  She also holds a culinary arts degree and got her start in events doing catering.  She has since become an avid home cook and treasures her knives, cookbooks, and Le Creuset collection.
Best local getaway: Tomales Bay “If I get in a gorgeous hike, eating oysters, and cowgirl creamery all in one day then I feel like a champion and can ride that high for the rest of the week”
Claim to fame:  “I was a guest on Car Talk on NPR and they named the episode after my dilemma, “A gassy dog in a heated car”.  I called in about the broken heater in my 87′ Volvo and the toxic combination it caused when my Boston Terrier was riding along with me.”

Go-to app: Trip Advisor “I put the same amount of research and thoughtfulness into planning my vacations as I do my events”

Not-so secret superpower: Networking “Making connections with people is invaluable when working in events.  It’s important to me to build loyalty and trust in all my relationships”
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