Lesley Rogers brings more than 20 years of communications experience to her role as senior vice president at Strategies 360, where she leads the firm’s K-12 education practice.
Lesley worked at Strategies 360 from 2007-2011, then re-joined the firm in 2014, after serving as the Chief Communications Officer for Seattle Public Schools. With hands-on K-12 district experience, Lesley understands the need for school districts to authentically engage with both internal and external audiences to help tell the stories of student successes.
Working closely with superintendents, communications directors and district leadership, Lesley provides strategic communications support and council, especially in the year leading up to critical school funding elections. She helps districts with public opinion research, conducts communications audits, develops strategic communications plans, helps districts with digital media strategies and advises on crisis communications and media relations. In her nearly four years at Seattle Public Schools, the largest school district in the Pacific Northwest, Lesley oversaw strategic communications for the district, including the direction for both external and internal communications, as well as crisis communications and media relations.
Lesley received her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) in 2018 and is a longtime National School Public Relations Association member and a frequent seminar presenter both at national conferences and statewide school PR conferences.
Lesley is originally from Wisconsin and started her career as a newspaper journalist, covering local government for the Indianapolis Star, Wisconsin State Journal and The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.). She has Bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Northern Illinois University and a Master’s in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She and her husband Ben live in Seattle and stay busy bike commuting and chasing around their two young children. She’s on Twitter @LesleyinSeattle