Meet The MPR Team

Malin PR's Blitz & Bow Ties, Superbowl XLVII, Photo courtesy of Oxfam America

Malin PR's Blitz & Bow Ties, Superbowl XLVII, Photo courtesy of Oxfam America

Dr. Leelannee K. Malin is a savvy, sassy and smart communications practitioner with over 15 years of experience in the communications industry. As the owner of Malin PR, a public relations consulting practice, she provides services in the Sports & Entertainment, Non Profit and Corporate Communications sectors while specializing in brokering community partnerships in the educational and sporting arenas.   Her professional credits include projects with the NFL Players Association, IMPACT, The Miss USA franchise, Essence Music Festival Marketplace, MTV, corporate media outlets, professional athletes and government agencies.

Armed with a B.A. in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University, an M.A. in Organizational Communications from Bowie State University and a Ph.D. in Mass
Communications Media Studies from Howard University; Dr. Malin is committed to
cultivating the next generation of industry leaders as an adjunct member of the faculty of the Howard University Cathy Hughes School of Communications in the Department of Strategic, Legal and Management Communications. Dr. Malin’s research, writing and speaking agenda include gender stereotypes, film studies, social media, leadership practices, sports and the popular culture.  Her research and writings have been featured in the League of Women in Government, the National Black Public Relations Society, the University of Texas @ Austin and Georgetown University.

A NOLA girl at heart, Dr. Malin now resides in Maryland continuing to love all things
New Orleans, including black and gold, charbroiled oysters and café au lait.



Jianni Smith comes to Malin PR as a rising junior at the University of Maryland, College Park where she is majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a concentration in sports journalism and a minor in Business. A budding communications professional, Jianni has served as a public relations intern with the Washington Redskins, a communications intern with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a freelance reporter with PGCTV covering the Washington Mystics and Wizards games for The Roundball Report and has worked with The Big Ten Network as a Student U Production Member.  

With a deep passion for sports, this former student athlete is committed to increasing the graduation and retention rates of African American students at the university by serving as a member of the UM Success student organization.  Jianni is also committed to her own professional development as a student chapter member of the National Association of Black Journalist and Association for Women in Sports Media at the University of Maryland.

After graduation, Jianni plans to work in the sports communication field in the areas of broadcast journalism and public relations. She hopes to combine her passion for sport, media, and community, to have a lasting impact on corporate social responsibility.

As a summer intern with Malin PR, Jianni will contribute to the strategic communication programming for MPR clients in the Sports and Non Profit divisions.