New Cleveland Convention Center. Revitalization of the Flats East Bank. Funding for Cleveland’s major league sports arenas. Planning opening VIP event at Detroit Auto Show. Rebranding of a major bank in its Midwest footprint. When civic and business leaders have needed a proven professional to oversee communications for these and other substantial efforts, they have called upon Nancy Lesic.
A former journalist and press secretary, Nancy is driven by a deep-rooted work ethic that constantly results in thorough, creative and swiftly-produced work for a diverse array of clients. Trust and performance have helped her build a vast and constantly growing network of relationships among public officials, business leaders and the media.
Her expertise in media relations, crisis communications and issues management have served her well while working on a long list of highly visible commercial real estate projects that have included the $500 million redevelopment of the Flats East Bank in downtown Cleveland, Steelyard Commons and the $100 million One University Circle apartment tower. She was retained to coordinate communications regarding the relocation of American Greetings headquarters, entry of AmTrust Financial into the Ohio market and the exploding presence of Optima Ventures in Downtown Cleveland.
She also represents the Greater Cleveland Partnership – one of the nation’s largest chambers of commerce. Nancy’s firm spends much of its time working for the Partnership’s Advocacy arm, which is heavily invested in working with legislators in Columbus and congressional staffs in Washington, D.C. to help promote issues that benefit economic development and job-creation. This involves working on a wide variety of issues such as education reform, Medicaid expansion, NASA, tax policy and much more.
Nancy also oversees Midwest communications for Rhode Island-based Citizens Bank. Part of those duties included communications and event planning for the successful branding conversion for Citizens – which was previously known as Charter One.
When former Congressman Louis Stokes passed away, the Stokes family called upon Nancy to coordinate the resulting media coverage.
Nancy has worked on various local and state issue campaigns. In 2014 she worked on behalf of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians on the controversial but successful extension of the so-called sin tax in Cuyahoga County to pay for major repairs to Cleveland’s major league sports facilities.
From 1994 to 2000, Nancy served as press secretary to Cleveland Mayor Michael White. She directed communications for the nationally heralded campaign to bring NFL football back to Cleveland. A member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2000, Nancy was named one of Cleveland’s Most Interesting People by Cleveland Magazine.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University, where she studied political science and economics. She began her career as a journalist for the Lake County News-Herald.