Farissa Knox is a Chicago based author, producer, and 20 year marketing executive. Born and raised in the Bronx, attending High School and College in Virginia and then, ultimately, relocating back to New York in the early 2000’s before deciding to call Chicago home, Knox has an appetite for adventure and creating opportunity.
After attending Christopher Newport University in Newport News Virginia, graduating with a degree in Communication Studies, Farissa got her professional start in media. Selling advertising space on both a local and national level across television and radio in Washington DC, Richmond VA, and New York City, was the foundation of Knox’s ability to be a great sales professional, start her understanding of the world of media and truly start to think through the art of understanding humans on a motivational level.
In 2008, Knox started her first company. RLM was a full-service advertising agency that specialized in integrated marketing, advertising and communications that solved business goals and needs. With services that spanned market, consumer and product research, strategy, paid advertising and creative, Knox and her team of 20+ diverse marketers, serviced clients across sectors that included Health + Wellness, Education, Business + Financial Services, as well as Political Campaigns. Farissa ran the company as CEO before ending the business in May of 2023.
In addition to founding RLM, Farissa launched WhatRUWearing (WRUW) Productions in 2012. The production house focuses on creating original television shows and films. The company’s first original show is the reality series, PRGirl, focusing on young women in major markets living and working in the world of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle public relations, of which Farissa is the Creator, Executive Producer and Co-Director. PRGirl can be viewed on Amazon, Tubi and PLEX streaming platforms. WRUW is currently in development for their first scripted series based on Knox’s first book.
Farissa is the author of the self-published Love, Sex and Friendship: In No Particular Order, a light and bubbly memoir capturing her twenties working, living, and loving in New York City, getting her start in advertising, falling in and out of love- overarchingly, capturing the sparks of who she is today. Knox’s book is currently available on Amazon, Books-A-Million and Barnes + Noble online.
Knox currently lives in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood with her two daughters. Knox also serves on a series of nonprofit boards including the Joffrey Ballet Company, Cause Strategy Partners, Mikva Challenge and True Chicago.