Nancy Lesic, Principal

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.


Contact Nancy
nlesic@lesiccamper.com
(216) 696-7686