Diane Mantouvalos, principal of Andonia Public Relations, has traversed a diverse terrain of public relations and branding in Boston and beyond for over 15 years. In her most recent agency position as Vice President of Lifestyle & Entertainment at New England’s largest privately held PR concern, Regan Communications, she oversaw a myriad of clients including Celebrity Chef Todd English, Mohegan Sun Casino, and Entercom.
Best Buddies, New England Home ForLittleWanderers, Dana Farber Cancer Institute and The Boston Ballet. Her extensive experience in fundraising propelled her to Director of PR & Events for the The Improper Bostonian Magazine. she is credited with birthing and branding Boston’s hippest neighborhood and lifestyle destination, The Ladder District, attracting publicity from a host of national publications and dailies including The Wall Street Journal and Town and Country. Diane has launched some of Boston’s trendiest restaurants including Mantra, Saint and OM, working with star chefs Thomas John, Rene Michelena, Rachel Klein and Anthony Caturano. Her track record for publicity, edgy campaigns and powerful launches has produced a continuous demand for her vision and creative capacity from clients such as HBO, who retained Diane to host multiple Boston premiers of its now legendary hit Sex and the City and more recently, Entourage.
At various points in her career, Diane worked independently and entrepreneurially. In 1998, she co-founded Sudiko Marketing Group, an event marketing company, where she created dozens of fundraising event concepts in Boston, Newport and Nantucket for private and non-profit clients including Diane helped take the magazine to new heights with powerful promotions and strategic alliances. From there she soared creatively as an independent public relations consultant specializing in branding and image strategies for her clients. In addition to naming one of Boston‘s hottest restaurants, Mantra,She has represented and consulted for scores of clients, regionally, nationally and globally including, HBO, BBC America, Entercom Communications, XAR International, IdentityTruth.com, HavenGlam.com, Susan Elias Couturier, Barba Dermatology, The Anglers Resort, Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino, The Boston Bean, Mantra, Tangierino, Locke-Ober, Fugakyu, 33 Restaurant, Prezza, Copia, Saint, The Strategic Group of NYC, The Olive Group, Creative Events, Petzetakis GLOBAL, Amalia Photo Gallery of Athens, Jorge Photography Miami, Dateworking, Ciroc, Chivas Regal, Beefeater, Best Buddies Organization, The Hampshire House, One World Cuisine, Gipore, The Boston Ballet, The Beantown JazzFest, RoxComp, The Wang Theatre and numerous non-profits.
She has produced and chaired dozens of high profile fundraising galas, most notably Beantown for the Big Apple, a post September 11th fundraiser for 1000 donors at The Wang Theater. A Boston native of Greek heritage, Diane received her education from Boston Latin School and Boston University. She served as an Advisory Board member to the Metropolitans – a social fundraising arm of The Wang Center for the Performing Arts – which she led from 1994 to 1998. Her devotion to children’s charities was reflective in her tireless fundraising for The Wang’s Young at Arts programs and her creation of Midnight Santa, a non-profit she founded in 1993 to adopt 100 inner-city families annually on Christmas Eve – delivering toys, clothing, bedding, computers and other gifts, typically out of reach. She is also an unabashed women’s rights advocate. During the 2008 presidential election, Diane led and branded a multimedia movement becoming an outspoken force against sexism in the media and corrupt election practices, garnering dozens of on-air and print interviews. She is co-creator of the women’s political blog hireheels.com where she blogs daily on political issues affecting women.