Latraniecesa "LJ" Wilson joined IEL in October of 2016. She serves as the communications coordinator for IEL's Coalition for Community Schools. She is passionate about undoing gridlock to improve outcomes for all young people and their families and wants to use her communications background to help tell the world how the community schools strategy is helping to build future leaders.
She has worked in the communications field for over 10 years and has written social media & PR strategies for the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area and DC Autism Parents. She has secured prime time coverage and helped build brands for startup businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Prior to IEl, LJ worked as a communications manager for the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, where she developed and implemented social media and communication strategies for Northern Virginia Restaurant Week. She is also responsible for coordinating the Reston Chamber re-branding and website redesign process. Her ability to create strategic press releases helped to triple the amount of media coverage and develop invaluable relationships with members of the media.
She is a former C-SPAN producer and before that she worked for CNN and the local news industry. Her work at CNN earned her a Peabody Award for the 2005 coverage of Hurricane Katrina and a DuPont award for 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in Southeast Asia.
She graduated from Kent State University with an MA in Mass Communications, focusing on Public Relations Management. For undergrad, she attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she received her Bachelors of Science in Mass Communication.