Molly Parsley

Molly Parsley

Global Director of PR at AKQA
San Francisco, United States

About me

Parsley joined Pereira & O'Dell in 2009 as the Director of Marketing & PR. She works alongside Executive, Client Services, Creative, Production and Media teams to communicate the agency's capabilities, best practices and notable work. She supports success for both agency and clients through business, advertising and consumer press outreach.

Previously, Parsley was the Marketing/PR Director at AKQA. Her efforts during her tenure facilitated many of the agency's accolades including “Agency of the Year” wins from AdAge, Adweek, OMMA and SHOOT Magazine as well as Creativity's first-ever Interactive Agency of the Year. AKQA was also named in Fast Company's "Fast 50", featuring the world's 50 most innovative companies.

Prior to AKQA, Parsley was the Marketing & PR Manager at internet advertising firm Lot21 building Lot21’s solid reputation in emerging technologies. When Lot21 was acquired by Carat in January 2002, she then re-positioned the agency’s unique combination of media and creative capabilities.

PR News named Parsley one of “15 to Watch” for making significant strides in PR for the online marketing industry and also contributed to the launch of SF BIG as the association’s original Communications Chair. Molly started her career in 1996 at USWeb and is a graduate of Indiana University's School of Journalism.

Molly Parsley is a native of Louisville, KY, which is pronounced locally as [ˈluːǝvǝl] (listen: ).


Global PR Director
San Francisco, United States
September 2019 - Present (2 years 2 months)
Contract/ FT Public Relations (TBD, Liars & Thieves)
Parsley PR
United States
December 2018 - Present (2 years 11 months)
Director of Marketing and Communications
San Francisco, United States
July 2009 - Present (12 years 4 months)
San Francisco Bay Area, New York, Sao Paulo
[In-house, corporate public relations] In just ten years, Pereira O'Dell has established thriving offices in San Francisco and New York, combining digital, traditional, design and branded content ideas for clients such as MINI, Coca-Cola,, Fifth Third Bank,, Timberland, Cheesecake Factory, National Geographic. Pereira O'Dell has been featured in both Ad Age and Creativity’s A-Lists, and was awarded the first Emmy for a branded content campaign competing against regular TV programming ("The Beauty Inside"). The agency also won an unprecedented three Grand Prix at Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. In 2014, Pereira O'Dell was named among the "Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Advertising" by Fast Company.
Creative Communications Director (Contract)
San Francisco,, United States
May 2019 - July 2019 (2 months)
Edelman staffs more than 600 creatives and planners globally. Edelman has served as creative lead on a number of campaigns for brands like Sonos (Nasdaq Bell), HP (Family Portraits), Dove (Real Beauty Productions), the WNBA (Take a Seat, Take a Stand), ASICS (Blackout Track), Sunkist (We Were There).

Over the past two-and-a-half years, Edelman has bolstered its creative firepower, hiring scores of creatives and planners, including its first-ever Global CCO, Judy John, formerly of Leo Burnett; Andrew Simon, chief creative officer, Toronto, formerly of DDB; Mattias Ronge, CEO of Edelman Deportivo; Stefan Ronge, chief creative officer, Europe; Jimmie Stone, chief creative officer, New York, formerly of McCann; Steve Slivka, chief creative officer, Chicago, formerly of Mullen; Tom Parker, chief creative officer, West Coast, formerly of Ogilvy; Megan Skelly, executive creative director, New York; formerly of R/GA and McGarryBowen; Michelle Franzoia, executive creative director, San Francisco, formerly of Yahoo; and Rogerio Gonçalves, senior director Creative, Sao Paulo, formerly of Y&R


BA Journalism

September 1992 - June 1996 (3 years 9 months)

Trade Organizations


January 2006 - Present (15 years 10 months)
SFBIG (San Francisco Bay Area Interactive Group) is a non-profit professional association dedicated to connecting brands, agencies, media, and technology providers. We educate and connect the local industry, serve as a trusted voice for the community while growing digital innovation and jobs in the Bay Area.

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