Leslie Johnson

Vice President, Communications, Marketing & External Affairs

Leslie Johnson provides leadership and supervision of the marketing and communications functions of the agency, and leads the team responsible for ‘telling our story’ to SCO’s varied constituents including the public, media, elected officials, donors, trustees, staff, and clients.  Leslie’s portfolio encompasses internal and external messaging, media relations, branding, digital marketing and social media, and crisis management. In addition, Leslie oversees SCO’s government affairs portfolio, representing the agency on state and city legislative, policy, and budget initiatives and strengthening SCO’s relationships with elected officials who represent the communities in which we work.

Leslie has over 20 years of experience in developing and implementing large-scale integrated marketing and communications programs that educate, persuade and compel. Her most recent role was Director of Communications and Marketing for St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, where she undertook a rebranding of the organization; supported the Development Department’s efforts to raise significant private dollars; and positioned the organization as a national thought leader in pediatric complex care among key audiences –the media, donors, patient families, the medical community and policymakers.

Leslie joined SCO in 2016 and holds a bachelor’s degree from Union College and a Masters in Communication Arts from New York Institute of Technology.


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