LOS ANGELES – Former Los Angeles Unified school board candidate Alex Johnson was named Vice-President of consulting firm Bryson Gillette, according to an announcement released on Jan. 17.
“The four new additions to our team – representing our commitment to diversity and excellence – will continue to change the face of the industry by telling impactful, resonating stories that help drive change for the communities and nation in which we live,” said Burton who served as deputy press secretary in the Obama White House, founded the Democratic Super PAC Priorities USA, and has advised world leaders, some of the nation’s largest brands, and nonprofits big and small. “Bryson Gillette is rooted in the belief that it is possible to build a successful, intentionally diverse company that offers premium services at the very highest level. The political and public relations industries are in a crisis of diversity, we are showing that it does not have to be that way.”
Johnson joins Elsa Alvarado, Monika Lee, and Michael Ocon in their Los Angeles and Washington D.C. offices.
Alex previously served on the board of the Los Angeles County Office of Education, and most recently worked at Cal Wellness as a program director who managed grantmaking focused on environmental justice, reducing community violence, gun violence prevention, and youth justice. He also served as interim vice president of programs.
Bryson Gillette is an intentionally diverse team comprised of 67% people of color, with a leadership team that is 100% women and people of color. Bryson Gillette won PRovoke Media’s 2022 Best North America Public Affairs Campaign, 2022 North America New PR Agency of the Year, and 2022 Global New Agency of the Year.
The firm was responsible for the passage of Measure LA a $5.3 billion bond measure for Los Angeles Community College District – the largest community college district in the nation.
The firm was founded by Bill Burton who previously worked in the Obama administration as deputy White House press secretary and special assistant to the president and with Rahm Emanuel as communications director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Before that, Bill served as a communications adviser to Democratic Leader Rep. Dick Gephardt, Senators John Kerry and Tom Harkin and others.