Jesse Tombs is a San Francisco based event designer, stylist and destination event planner. He is the managing partner at Alison Events Planning + Design and the creative director at Event Space Consulting. Alison Events has planned, designed and produced over 400 events in 27 cities and 14 countries around the world. Event Space Consulting is a brand that helps new and existing venues and event spaces define their core values, become more profitable and attract better event clients.
Jesse believes authenticity, passion and a touch of wit are the key ingredients to every successful event. He's been in the hospitality industry practically his whole life; wetting his feet at the age of thirteen, he worked in the kitchen of a catering company piping cream puffs. After attending The Boston Conservatory, where he studied theater arts, he worked in New York City with famed Japanese, British and American designers as a stylist, fashioning red carpet looks, editorial photo shoots, and Madison Avenue store window displays.
Upon his return to San Francisco (where he was born and raised), Jesse began working with an acclaimed Bay Area catering company, planning and producing weddings and parties all over California Wine Country and beyond. Then he worked with Michelin Star awarded restaurateur Daniel Patterson and James Beard Award winning chef Craig Stoll. Prior to joining the team at Alison Events and Event Space Consulting, Jesse opened The Battery, a highly anticipated private social club and luxury hotel, in Jackson Square. There he planned events for Fortune 500 tech companies, local & international political leaders, luxury brands and elite publishing houses, as well as with some of the most influential and important wedding planners in the world.
Jesse has been a featured speaker at conferences and has taught event styling and event design at workshops both domestically and internationally. Jesse's work with Alison Events and Event Space Consulting has been featured in numerous print magazines and online publications. In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Alison Events Planning + Design was named one of the top event planning and design firms in the United States by Vogue, Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, GOOP, Party Slate Magazine and San Francisco Magazine and one of the top event planners in the world by Harper's Bazaar.
Jesse loves taking care of people, exceeding his client's expectations at every turn and working with families in different destinations to curate celebrations and event spaces that are quintessentially theirs & truly unforgettable.