Leslie Aun brings experience from both the corporate and nonprofit sectors to PRB, where she leads all communications activities, including public relations, marketing communications, branding and advertising, editorial services, video and graphic design, and thought leadership.
She began her career as a print and broadcast journalist with media outlets, including Federal Times, The Washington Business Journal, WTOP Radio, and WUSA Channel 9, before holding senior-level communication positions at such organizations as MCI Communications, Sodexo, Special Olympics International, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and Venture Philanthropy Partners. As vice president of communications for the World Wildlife Fund, she led the team that won the Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Anvil Award of Excellence in the field of PR for her work as managing director of Earth Hour, one of the largest and most successful public events for climate change in history, with more than a billion participants from around the world. Most recently, Aun headed up communications for Keolis North America, a global operator of public transit systems, and has consulted for NPR, Discovery Learning Alliance, and Snagajob.com.
A former adjunct faculty member and frequent lecturer at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies, Aun has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including Pennsylvania State University’s Sustainability Institute. A native of the Washington, D.C., area, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Virginia’s College of Arts and Sciences.