Who We Are

Charlotte Milan, Founder and President

Charlotte Milan, Founder and PrincipalSan Francisco native Charlotte Milan brings more than 15 years of strategic marketing and public relations experience to C. Milan Communications. Her proven track record of success includes high profile media placements in a variety of publications including Fortune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Architectural Digest, TIME, Business Week, ForbesLife, Saveur, Newsweek, Robb Report, Men’s Health, Bon Appetit, Condé Nast Traveler, Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine and Wine Spectator. Milan has represented and launched a variety of wineries and luxury industry projects, including Cliff Lede Vineyards, Poetry Inn, Mayacama Golf and Lodging Club and Dana Estates.

Prior to founding CMC, Milan opened the Northern California office of a hospitality public relations firm as Executive Director, where she handled media relations for world-renowned restaurants including Masa’s, Tra Vigne and Lark Creek Restaurant Group. Milan also served as Director, Public Relations and Corporate Communications for Clos Du Val Wine Co., Ltd, a global network of wineries. At Clos Du Val, she repositioned the 30-year old brand, spearheaded the winery’s product placement and entertainment marketing campaigns and launched a new wine, Domaine de Nizas, from the Languedoc.

Milan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Georgetown University, with a double minor in Arab and Terrorist Studies. While at Georgetown, Milan explored her passion for food by working in the prep kitchen of Roberto Donna’s Galileo. She has lectured on public relations at The Stanford Graduate School of Business, for Silicon Valley Bank, the Napa Valley Vintners and the Paso Robles Vintners and Growers Association. Her work at Clos Du Val has been developed into a marketing case study for University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.

She has served on The Hamlin School’s Alumnae Board since 2011.

CMC Partners

CMC also has long term relationships with a variety of people and companies who we work with to serve as a full-service marketing and communications team for our clients.

Freelance writers
We turn to published pros to craft our press materials, press releases and pithy pitch letters. These journalists regularly write for top publications including New York Times, Golf, Saveur, Bon Appetit and Outside Traveler.

Entertainment marketing companies/celebrity “wranglers”
Have an interest in getting coverage in People or US Weekly? We know the wranglers who can get celebs to your property or your product in an Oscar or Emmy gift bag.

Golf course raters
Want an unbiased opinion of your course? We’ll send in one of our secret shoppers to play your course and provide invaluable feedback before media and other raters hit the links.

Anonymous restaurant critics
Another weapon CMC has in its arsenal is one of the country’s few true anonymous restaurant critics. We can bring him in to evaluate all aspects of service, presentation and food, making sure that when members of the media visit your restaurant, they have a superb dining experience.

Web and graphic designers
We work with top, reasonably priced web and graphic designers.

We’ve researched and worked with the best photographers for food, lifestyle images and architectural coverage—so our clients don’t have to do the leg work.