Karen Schloss

Co-founder, Person-in-charge

KAREN SCHLOSS is co-founder and person-in-charge at Diaz Schloss Communications (DSC), a PR, social media & marketing communications firm based in Montclair, NJ, just 12 miles west of Manhattan. We’re smart, funny, creative women who like nothing more than running with a great client/story and sharing it with the world.

Karen is the longtime food & beverage/hospitality columnist for The Montclair Times (now part of Gannett/USA Today) and currently writes an F&B column for Montclair Local. She started in literary publicity in NYC right after college and worked for small firms and large, including Edelman Worldwide, before launching DSC in 1994 with then-partner, Frank Diaz. Over the years, the firm has represented an exciting and diverse range of clients, from food and wine world luminaries (The Rainbow Room, Windows on the World, Nick Stellino, Andrea Immer Robinson, Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen) to non-profit and educational institutions such as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Over the years, Karen has been interviewed by traditional media and digital sites, including the Associated Press,,, The Daily News, The NY Times and Restaurant Business. She’s gone out for review dinners with critics from The Times; taught classes on PR at The New School; written for Modern Restaurant Management, and New Jersey Monthly; moderated more than a dozen panel discussions; served on the Board of the NY Women’s Culinary Alliance; mentored multiple young female entrepreneurs; and appeared several times on Today, most recently in a 3-part series on Women’s Lives at 50 and Beyond.