Leslie Cooper Johnson is the Vice President of Organizational Development at Community Coalition. She received both her B.S. in Kinesiology and her MSW from the University of Southern California.
She started her career in local government at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, coordinating communications strategies and policy initiatives.
Since joining Community Coalition in 2007, Leslie has coordinated fundraising strategies that have helped the organization raise more than $25 million in funding from government, foundations, corporations and individual donors. Additionally, Leslie has played significant roles in building the capacity of other local non-profit organizations through training and coaching. In her current role, she is charged with leading strategies to grow the organization’s resources, both human and financial.
Leslie currently serves as a member of the Steering Committee for the South Los Angeles Transit Empowerment Zone (SLATE-Z). She is also a graduate of the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute (LAAAWPPI) and the African American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI). In her spare time, Leslie enjoys listening to live music and attending services at Crenshaw Christian Center with her husband and daughter, Laila.
Fun Fact: Leslie loves competing and playing games with friends and family. She has appeared on three game shows and was the first person to represent the University of Southern California on College Jeopardy!