Our Chief Visionary
Alexandria Johnson Boone
President and Chief Executive Officer
Alex has led GAP Communications Group, full-service public relations, advertising, marketing and special events firm based in Cleveland, Ohio, since its inception. Under her leadership, GAP has gained local, regional and national recognition for its quality public relations, publicity and marketing services and its creative communications programs. With more than 31 years of communications and management experience, she has grown and expanded GAP Communications Group into one of the most sought-after minority-owned, special events and communications firms in the state.
She is also widely recognized and respected in the communications and public relations industry as the architect of the LeBron James media persona.
A native Clevelander, Alex is a graduate of the Cleveland Public Schools. She also holds a Master’s Degree from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University; a Certificate from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and was a 1997 National Fellow at Boston University’s School of Public Health Join Together Program. She was also a member of the prestigious Leadership Cleveland Class of 1988.
Prior to founding GAP Communications Group, Alex was a Senior Vice President at a Cleveland-based PR firm and was a Public Information Officer for the Federal government for five years. She is also the founder of the Marcus Garvey Academy, an innovative community school with an African-centered curriculum based in Cleveland, Ohio, that operated for 10 years.
In 2005, she founded the Women of Color Foundation, (a 501c3 organization) dedicated to the education, training and leadership development of all women of color. Over the years, the Foundation produced several annual personal and professional development retreats, conferences and other special events in Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati, Ohio, and Chicago, Illinois.
Throughout her career, Alex has received several awards for her business and professional achievements and community service. She has also been recognized for her numerous communications industry accomplishments.
Her Recent Awards
2019 - Tapped as a “Smart Women” guest columnist in the May 2019 Issue of Smart Business Magazine
2019 - Received first-ever, Cleveland Realtist Association’s Community Service Award
2019 - named a “Sheroe” by the MetroHealth System for her work on behalf of women and girls of color in Northeast Ohio.
2018 - featured in an article in the March issue of Cleveland’s Smart Business Magazine, highlighting her work with the Women of Color Foundation
2017- Included in the Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) Business Success Calendar in Northeast Ohio
2016-Named A Recipient of the National ColorComm Circle Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman of Color in the Communications Industry
2016-Named The Trailblazer of the Year by the Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council at their Annual Regional Conference
2016-Named the Business Trailblazer of the Year by the Christian Business League
2016-Named Recipient of the Greater Cleveland Community Service Award by the Gloria Pointer Foundation
2015-Named the first recipient of the Elite Women Around the World (EWAW) Woman Who Changed the World Award
2015-Received the Community Service Award of the National Action Network in Cleveland