Alexandria Johnson Boone, a nationally recognized businesswoman and community activist, is the Chairwoman and Founder of the Women of Color Foundation, a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization dedicated to the education, training and leadership development of women and girls of all colors.
Over the years, the Foundation has produced annual personal and professional development conferences and retreats and, executive training programs in Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati, Ohio and Chicago. The Foundation also hosts an annual Stellar Awards Luncheon that recognizes and celebrates women of color who have achieved major milestones in their personal lives and professional careers.
Boone is also President and CEO of GAP Communications Group, a full-service, public relations, advertising, marketing, community outreach and special events firm based in Cleveland, Ohio, since May 1994. Under her leadership, GAP has gained local, regional and national recognition for its quality public relations, special events and marketing services and its creative and unique communications programs. With more than 32 years of communications and management experience, Alex has grown and expanded GAP Communications Group to one of the largest minority-owned communications firms in the state of Ohio. She is also widely recognized and respected in the communications and public relations industry as the architect of the LeBron James media persona.
Ms. Boone, a native of Cleveland, holds a Master’s Degree from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Organization Development and Analysis; Certificates from the Minority Business Executive Program (MBEP) and the Advanced Minority Business Executive Program (AMBEP) at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College (1987-1991); and was a 1997 National Fellow in the Boston University School of Public Health’s Join Together Program.
Prior to founding GAP Communications Group, Ms. Boone was a Senior Vice President at a Cleveland-based PR firm and was a Senior Public Information Officer for the Federal government for five years. She was also the founder of the Marcus Garvey Academy, an innovative community school with an African-centered curriculum, serving grades K-8, based in Cleveland, Ohio, from 2002-2012.
In 2014, she founded C L Magazine, a career and lifestyle digital magazine for women and girls of color. The magazine has been continuously in publication since that time.
In 2017, Alex was selected for inclusion in the Inaugural “Women WELDing the Way” 2018 Business Success Calendar by the Women for Economic and Leadership Development, Cleveland Chapter; and was included in a local PBS television mini-documentary, highlighting Cleveland Black professional women and their success in spite of facing racism during their careers.