About Me

  • Communications professional with more than 25 years’ experience spanning multiple sectors, including the federal government, non-profit, technology, higher education and energy.
  • Seven years’ experience in change management communications.
  • Adept at public relations strategy development and implementation, media and analyst relations, thought-leadership positioning, and internal and external messaging.
  • Proven ability to translate complex information into clear, easy-to-understand content.

Leslie Katz Portfolio

Work experience

Work experience

Public Affairs Specialist

U.S. Army Public Affairs - Fort Jackson, S.C.

Prior to 1989, worked as a public affairs specialist and weekly newspaper editor in the Public Affairs Office at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

Jun 2014 - Present

Senior Manager, Marketing Communications

Compass Group North America
Feb 2011 - Jun 2014

Change Management Communications Analyst/Project Specialist

Compass Group North America
  • Plan, develop and execute change management communications strategies for complex projects and organizational transformations spanning the enterprise.
  • Collaborate with various teams to deliver tightly integrated and effective change management communications plans in support of program objectives.
  • Develop and distribute targeted stakeholder communications, including web content, email campaigns, webinars, newsletters, quick reference guides and FAQs.
  • Create and facilitate surveys and focus groups to evaluate internal communications relating to “as-is” and “to be” processes.
2010 - 2011

Senior Communications Specialist

Shaw Environmental
  • Planned, developed and executed internal communications programs targeting the 1,800 employees of the Mixed Oxide Fuel (MOX) Fabrication Facility building project at the Savannah River Site.
  • Wrote content for the project’s Intranet, special communications from the president, talking points, PowerPoint presentations and articles for internal and corporate publications.
  • Initiated a redesign of the MOX Services Intranet portal.
  • Performed research, compiled data, and wrote reports and articles.
  • Created and implemented a style guide for the Communications Group.
  • Assisted in the planning and execution of major project events.
2006 - 2010

Communications Consultant

  • Planned, developed and launched comprehensive internal communications programs within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (OUSD(P)) at the Pentagon.
  • Developed and executed communications plans during organizational restructuring and business process re-engineering efforts.
  • Provided content management direction during a redesign of the organization’s 1,200-plus page Intranet; provided counsel and assistance in the redevelopment of various public-facing websites, developed and maintained organization’s Intranet site.
  • Created content for the organization’s Strategic Management Plan, Standard Operating Procedures, Intranet; monthly employee eNewsletter, presentations and messaging from senior leaders.
  • Provided scheduling and logistical assistance for large, high-profile events.
2006 - 2006

Director, Communications

George Mason University
  • Provided strategic communications counsel to senior leaders and offered guidance to other organizational units in the implementation of institutional communications and marketing strategies.
  • Developed and maintained relationships with state, local, national and international media to promote the university’s reputation as a premier research institution.
  • Served as university spokesperson on a range of issues, including institutional policy changes, course and degree offerings, and crisis events.
2004 - 2006

Manager, Corporate Communications

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
  • Crafted communications materials delivered at internal, community and industry events for the company’s Chairman/CEO, as well as the presidents of both the Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises brands.
  • Wrote a range of internal communications, including the company’s employee quarterly newsletter and Intranet and broadcast messages reaching 40,000 employees worldwide; produced annual reports, press releases and other external communications.
  • Created crisis communications messaging during two record-breaking hurricane seasons and high-profile incidents involving missing and deceased guests/crew members to minimize unfavorable press coverage.
  • Oversaw the Ocean Fund, a corporate grants program which has distributed more than $11 million to marine conservation organizations to protect the world’s oceans.
2000 - 2004

Senior Account Manager

Shoor & Company High-Tech Public Relations

  • Planned, developed and executed highly successful product launches for B2C and B2B enterprise applications of multiple technology-focused clients with revenues ranging from start-up to $2+ billion.
  • Developed and maintained strong working relationships with reporters and editors at major technology, business and trade media. 
  • Secured customer involvement in press releases, media and analyst interviews, case studies, conferences and sales presentations.
  • Drafted contributed articles bylined by clients and their customers on leading industry trends; created web copy, press releases, spec sheets, backgrounders, bios, brochures and direct mail.
  • Managed and mentored teams of two to three subordinates and peers.
1998 - 2000

Account Executive/Strategist

Semaphore Inc.
  • Planned and executed marketing communications and advertising programs for clients primarily in the economic development, higher-education and utility sectors.
  • Created and presented detailed marketing communications plans; managed budgets and timelines accordingly.
  • Managed teams of two to three graphic designers and writers.
1994 - 1998

Director, Communications

South Carolina Hospital Association
  • Wrote and published a weekly CEO newsletter for the state’s hospital and health systems; wrote and edited copy for brochures, reports, brochures and other collateral materials.
  • Launched and maintained major firsts: website and fax-on-demand service.
1991 - 1994

Supervisory Public Affairs Spec./Newspaper Editor (Civilian Position)

U.S. Army Public Affairs - White Sands Missile Range, N.M.
  • Edited the Army installation’s weekly newspaper, The Missile Ranger.
  • Led the publication’s first major re-branding effort in 40 years; earned third place overall in the Army’s worldwide Keith L. Ware Journalism Competition.
  • Earned individual first- and second-place awards for news and feature writing. Was promoted and received several commendations for achievements.
1989 - 1991

Supervisory Public Affairs Spec./Internal Communications Officer (Civilian Position)

U.S. Army Public Affairs - Fort Jackson, S.C.

  • Managed and implemented the installation’s internal communications programs, which included the production and distribution of The Fort Jackson Leader. During my tenure, The Leader was consistently ranked among the top three Army newspapers in the world.
  • Managed and mentored a team of 10 military and civilian photojournalists.


1981 - 1985


University of South Carolina-Columbia
  • 3.369 GPA
  • Editor of The Gamecock student newspaper