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About Us

MIG | MJE is a full-service, award-winning marketing, advertising, public relations and public affairs agency in San Diego. This Southern California division is part of Berkeley-headquartered MIG, a top national planning, design, communications, management, science and technology firm. The MIG | MJE San Diego office has a combined force of 17-plus full-time staff.

MIG | MJE provides comprehensive capabilities with an expanded “bench depth” of creative and technical excellence resources. Our combined team in multiple locations includes public engagement; market research; strategic plans; brand strategy and development.

Above all, we know how to help clients identify and engage stakeholders, establish early and continued public participation, hear and respond to all voices and enhance public/consumer support of the client’s project, product or service. We consider ourselves to be creative, connected and always curious about what makes people do what they do. And that translates into effective campaigns that demonstrate ROI whether the focus is on selling a product, managing a sensitive public issue or coming up with the key call-to-action to attract thousands of people…to that next “big”​ thing.

MIG

Since it was founded in 1982, MIG has focused on planning, designing and sustaining environments that support human development. We embrace inclusivity and encourage community and stakeholder interaction in all of our projects.” For each endeavor in planning, design, management, communications or technology our approach is strategic, context-driven and holistic, addressing social, political, economic and physical factors to ensure our clients achieve the results they wasn’t.



Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
Lewis Carroll, Author



Senior Staff

Marlee J Ehrenfeld

Principal & Chief Creative Officer

Marlee J Ehrenfeld

Principal & Chief Creative Officer

Marlee J Ehrenfeld is an acclaimed chief creative officer who specializes in brand development and brand engagement strategies. Her work has been featured in international design publications and, in 2014, she was awarded Agency Professional of the Year by the San Diego Ad Club (SDX) and awarded the Eva Irving Community Service Award by the Public Relations Society of America. With a creative discipline in writing, photography and film, Ehrenfeld has won 14 regional Emmy® Awards and 53 national Telly Awards for her documentary and commercial work. She has also led the agency’s team of designers, writers, programmers and producers in the development and implementation of results-producing campaigns for a diverse clientele, from UC San Diego and the San Diego International Auto Show to San Diego Cruise, the Maritime Museum and the San Diego Bowl Games.

During the past 22 years, Ehrenfeld and her agency have helped mold, refine and elevate the identities of some of the biggest brand names in San Diego. Among them: San Diego Unified Port District, San Diego International Airport, San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego Tourism Marketing District, City of San Diego (Think Blue), County First 5 programs and NASSCO. Her national work includes developing integrated marketing programs for public companies such as XEROX, UPS, Qualcomm and Novell.

Prior to founding MJE Marketing, Ehrenfeld was a marketing vice president and a corporate spokesperson for Fortune 500 companies in the financial and technology industries. She handled high profile media and managed crises communications during the S&L and banking crisis; San Diego Airport site selection and the state budget threat to San Diego County funding. She was a writer for The San Diego Union-Tribune.

As a second generation San Diegan, Ehrenfeld and her team have honed a depth of knowledge and expertise in branding cities and public agencies throughout the region, including San Diego County Parks & Recreation, City of Chula Vista, City of La Mesa, and SANDAG projects including San Diego Forward and Rapid MTS. She is currently on the board of the San Diego Bowl Games Association and a member of San Diego Rotary.

Ehrenfeld holds a Bachelor of Science in Photojournalism and Telecommunications and Film from San Diego State University. She has certifications in Financial Analysis and Accounting courses and is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie School of Management. She was trained in brand strategies by brand marketing expert Al Ries co-author of the defining books on branding: The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding; Positioning the Battle for Your Mind; and Marketing Warfare. She is a certified facilitator through the International Association of Facilitators.

Aaron Ishaeik

Creative Director

Aaron Ishaeik

Creative Director

Aaron Ishaeik is an award-winning creative director with 15 years of design experience in multiple media. He is an accomplished illustrator, printmaker and fine artist. His work has been featured in galleries in Chicago, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and San Diego. He teaches printmaking and regularly hosts demonstrations and workshops at the American Institute of Graphic Arts’ Annual Design Conference and The Southern Graphics Council International Conference. He is a member of Bay Park Press, a premier printmaking studio in San Diego.

His Illustrations and design work have been featured in international publications, including Graphics and Creativity. He has won a regional Emmy® Award for his commercial work for the Port of San Diego as well as The City of Chula Vista; and created 30+ hand-illustrated icons for every park and recreation center in San Diego County, as part of a strategic branding initiative for the County of San Diego Department of Parks & Recreation winner of a Platinum Marcom award and Emerging Brand of the Year from the San Diego Ad Club.

Ishaeik’s award-winning designs on behalf of MJE’s clients range from large out-of-home formats, such as wrapped buses and trolleys, LED dioramas for airports and stadiums, wayfinding signage for the Port Pavilion’s trade shows/museum exhibits (including interactive displays) to detailed graphic design for corporate identity packages, annual reports, and packaging.
Ishaeik’s experience prior to joining MJE includes extensive advertising agency work. He has designed for clients such as National Geographic Channel, Discovery Communications, Booz-Allen Hamilton, NeighborWorks and The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Ishaeik also brings vast experience in the government and defense industries, designing for Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Titan and NASSCO.

A graduate of the prestigious School of Art Institute of Chicago, Ishaeik began his design and fine art career in Chicago and Washington D.C.

To see more of his artwork, visit him online at www.ishaeik.com

David Nielsen

Senior Strategist

David Nielsen

Senior Strategist

David Nielsen spearheads the public afffairs division of MJE Marketing. He is recognized for his expertise in land use planning, message development, government affairs and high level consultation on political consensus building. He currently provides strategic counsel on understanding and working with local government to clients including Verizon Wireless, the San Diego Tourism Marketing District, Wilcon and the Jamul Indian Village. He is the former president of MNA Consulting. This well-respected public affairs agency merged with MJE Marketing in 2008. As a co-founder of MNA, Nielsen specialized in strategic planning, project coordination, entitlement processing and political and community outreach. He has represented more than 50 private sector, non-profit and public sector clients, including the San Diego Padres, the Otay Mesa Planning Coalition, UC San Diego Health Sciences, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and various real estate development companies.

Nielsen served as executive vice president of the San Diego National Sports Training Foundation, where he oversaw the development of the $80 million ARCO Training Center in the City of Chula Vista, including fundraising as well as project planning and development. The center is the largest Olympic training facility in the United States.

Nielsen has more than 30 years of experience in local government in San Diego. At the City of San Diego, he served as principal assistant and chief of staff to the mayor and assistant to the city manager. While in the Mayor’s office, he was part of a planning team responsible for the development of the San Diego Convention Center. Nielsen also spent 11 years at the County of San Diego serving in many roles: director of special projects, deputy planning director, environmental analysis coordinator and assistant to the health care agency administrator.

He began his career working for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Planning Board. He is a graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois. He earned a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Washington Graduate School of the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance (formerly the School of Public Affairs) in Seattle. He currently sits on the Board of Management for the Border View YMCA.

Shabnam Karimi

Marketing & Communications Manager

Shabnam Karimi

Marketing & Communications Manager

Shabnam Karimi came to MJE with a decade of marketing and public relations experience with the Unified Port of San Diego, the Office of Homeland Security and the Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter.

As a Marketing and Communications Manager for MJE Marketing, she now uses the skills she developed to help companies and organizations tell their own stories and deliver clear, focused messages to their target audiences. She leads marketing, public relations and social media campaigns for clients, including the County of San Diego’s HSHB PreP and Getting to Zero campaigns, Port of San Diego, SANDAG and the San Diego Tourism Marketing District.

Awards

International

  • Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Anvil Award of Excellence
  • 16 Airports Council International – North America Awards including the Peggy G. Hereford Overall Award of Excellence
  • 8 American Association of Port Authorities Awards
  • 4 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence
  • 5 Web Marketing Association WebAwards

National

  • Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Anvil Award of Excellence
  • 16 Airports Council International – North America Awards including the Peggy G. Hereford Overall Award of Excellence
  • 8 American Association of Port Authorities Awards
  • 4 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence
  • 5 Web Marketing Association WebAwards

Regional

  • 14 Emmy® Awards
  • SDX (San Diego Ad Club) Agency Professional of the Year
  • American Planning Association – San Diego Section Public Outreach Award
  • 9 American Marketing Association AMY Awards including the Critics’ Choice Marketer of the Year Award
  • 63 Public Relations Society of America Awards including 12 Silver Bernays Awards and the Eva Irving Community Service Award
  • 21 Creative Show Awards
  • 2 San Diego Radio Broadcaster’s Association EAR Awards
  • California Travel and Tourism Commission Judges Choice Award


Clients

Clients served over 22 years

 


Not for Profit

  • American Red Cross (San Diego/Imperial Counties)
  • Angels Foster Families
  • ASAP 21
  • Balboa Park Conservancy
  • Balboa Park Cultural Partnership
  • Balboa Park Plaza de Panama
  • Corporation for Supportive Housing
  • D.A.R.E.
  • Hillel of San Diego
  • Jenna Druck Foundation
  • Just Say No
  • KPBS
  • MANA de San Diego
  • Miss School…Miss Out
  • Regional Task Force on the Homeless
  • San Diego Foundation
  • San Diego Bowl Game Association
  • San Diego Rotary
  • San Diego World Trade Center

 

Financial Services

  • Bank of Southern California
  • Borrego Springs Bank
  • California Bank & Trust
  • CDC Small Business Finance
  • Centara Capital
  • Credit Union Alliance (23 San Diego Credit Unions)
  • Discovery Bank
  • Dunham & Associates
  • First National Bank
  • First Union Insurance Services
  • Great American Bank
  • Grossmont Schools Federal Credit Union
  • Kearny Mesa Credit Union
  • Landmark National Bank
  • LM Capital
  • McMillin Capital
  • Michael Ehrenfeld Insurance
  • National Healthcare Federal Credit Union
  • North Island Credit Union
  • San Diego Trust & Savings
  • Seacoast Bank
  • US Bank

 

Environmental

  • History of Environmental Marketing
  • Operation Clean Sweep
  • Port of San Diego Environmental and Sustainability Initiatives
  • Quieter Home Program, San Diego International Airport
  • San Diego County Water Authority
  • S.O.A.R. Initiative, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
  • Think Blue, City of San Diego

 

Consumer

  • ComputerLands, Western United States
  • DecoBike
  • IKON Office Solutions
  • Job Won! by Phil Blair
  • Postal Annex +
  • San Diego Dodge
  • San Diego New Car Dealers Association
  • San Diego RV Association
  • UPS

 

Health Care

  • American Association of Pediatrics C3
  • Children’s Hospital
  • Commission for Children Youth and Families
  • Harbor View Medical Center
  • Live Well San Diego
  • Mental Health Systems
  • Medical Therapy Unit (MTU) Escondido
  • Novata Behavioral Health
  • Operation Samahan
  • Pathology Medical Laboratories
  • Safe Life
  • San Diego County Behavioral Health Services
  • San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency
  • San Diego County Office of Emergency Services
  • San Diego Hospice
  • San Diego Optical
  • Vista Eye Surgery Center

Public Sector

  • City of Chula Vista
  • City of Encinitas
  • City of Julian
  • City of La Mesa
  • City of San Diego
  • City of Santee
  • Civic San Diego
  • County of San Diego
  • First 5 San Diego
  • Helix Water District
  • John Wayne Airport
  • Los Angeles World Airways
  • Port of San Diego
  • San Diego County Behavioral Health Services
  • San Diego County Dept. of Parks and Rec
  • San Diego County Office of Emergency Services
  • San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
  • San Diego County Water Authority
  • San Diego Data Processing Corporation
  • San Diego East Visitors Bureau
  • San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation
  • SANDAG
  • Van Nuys Airport

 

Construction and Real Estate

  • Association of General Contractors (AGC)
  • Astro Energy Group
  • Carter Reese & Associates
  • General Dynamics NASSCO
  • Great American Development Company
  • Helix Electric
  • KCM Engineering
  • KCM Group
  • La Jolla Village Towers
  • McMillin Communities
  • Newport Energy
  • North Embarcadero Visionary Project
  • Pacific Building Group
  • Parsons Brinkerhoff
  • Sedona Pacific Corporation
  • Shamrock Properties
  • Watermark Del Mar

 

Education

  • 37ECB
  • Academy of Our Lady of Peace
  • Computer Curriculum Corporation (CCC)
  • Kelsey Jenney Colleges
  • Harborside School
  • High Tech High Villages
  • Momentum Learning
  • Nativity Prep
  • Oceanside Unified School District
  • San Diego County Office of Education
  • San Diego Outdoor Education Foundation
  • San Diego State University
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • UC San Diego

 

Hospitality/Destination

  • Alfière Restaurant
  • Anthony’s Seafood
  • Bartell Hotels
  • Fleet Week San Diego
  • Horton Grand Hotel
  • Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Humphreys Concerts by the bay
  • Humphreys SoCal Dining & Music
  • La Costa Resort & Spa
  • La Quinta Resort & Club
  • Lodging Industry Association (LIA)
  • Maritime Museum of San Diego
  • Midway Museum
  • NTC Promenade
  • Restaurant Week
  • San Diego Bay
  • San Diego County Hotel-Motel Association
  • San Diego Crew Classic
  • San Diego Cruise Industry
  • San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
  • San Diego Lodging Industry Association
  • San Diego Tourism Marketing District
  • Sheraton San Diego
  • Sheraton Torrey Pines
  • Top of the Cove
  • U.S. Grant Hotel
  • U.S.S. Midway Museum

Public Affairs

  • ARCO Olympic Training Center
  • Crown Castle
  • DecoBike
  • East Otay Mesa Property Owners Association
  • Front Porch Development: Wesley Palms
  • H.G. Fenton Company
  • Hillel of San Diego
  • Jamul Indian Village/Penn National Gaming
  • McMillin Land Development/Murphy Development
  • National Enterprises, Inc.
  • Otay Mesa Property Owners Association
  • Pardee Homes
  • Pauma Band of Mission Indians
  • Public Policy Strategies: SDSU-Plaza Linda Verde
  • Rick Engineering Company: Superior Ready Mix
  • Ricondo and Associates: ALUCP
  • Quarry Redevelopment Project
  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • San Diego County Disposal Association (SDCDA)
  • San Diego Padres
  • San Diego Zoo
  • Safeway/VONS
  • SANDAG
  • Sea World
  • SCEDC
  • Sports Training Foundation
  • Stonegate Merriam Mountains, LLC
  • UCSD Health Sciences
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Watermark Del Mar
  • Westcore Properties
  • Wilcon

 

Professional Services

  • Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC
  • Coots, Henke & Wheeler Law Firm
  • CPMCA
  • District Council 16
  • Gerson Law Firm
  • Gordon & Rees
  • Grady, Farley & Gerson
  • Higgs, Fletcher & Mack
  • Hillyer & Irwin
  • Latham & Watkins
  • Latitude 33
  • Legion Counsel
  • Lorber, Grady, Farley & Volk
  • Manpower San Diego
  • Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch
  • Stephenson & Prairie
  • Wirtz Hellenkamp Law
  • Workforce Partnership

 

Senior Living Communities

  • Wesley Palms
  • La Jolla Village Towers
  • The Carlisle
  • The Rossmore Regency
  • The Breakers

 

Technology/Biotech

  • CISCO
  • Intel
  • Jaycor Tactical Systems: PepperBall Technologies
  • LAN Solutions
  • Lorica International
  • Microsoft
  • Motiva
  • Newport Energy
  • Novell
  • QUALCOMM
  • sandiego.com
  • Simon and Schuster: CCC Education Software Division
  • USWeb
  • Vortex Data Systems
  • Xerox Corporation

 

Attractions

  • Big Bay Balloon Parade
  • Festival of Sail
  • Fleet Week San Diego
  • Lake Jennings
  • Maritime Museum of San Diego
  • San Diego Crew Classic
  • U.S.S. Midway Museum
  • Waterfront Park