Alexandria Johnson Boone
Chairwoman and Founder

Ms. Boone, a native of Cleveland, is a proud graduate of the Cleveland Public Schools. She also holds a Master’s Degree from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Organization Development and Analysis; Certificates from the Minority Business Executive Program (MBEP) and the Advanced Minority Business Executive Program (AMBEP) at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College (1987-1991); and was a 1997 National Fellow in the Boston University School of Public Health’s Join Together Program. Alex was also a member of the prestigious Leadership Cleveland Class of 1987-88.

Prior to founding GAP Communications Group, Ms. Boone was a Senior Vice President at a Cleveland-based PR firm and was a Senior Public Information Officer for the Federal government for five years. She was also the founder of the Marcus Garvey Academy, an innovative community school with an African-centered curriculum, serving grades K-8, based in Cleveland, Ohio, from 2002-2012.

Some of her most recent community involvement has included serving as a member of  the Board of Governors at The Club at Key Center; and the Board of Directors at the Greater Cleveland Partnership, both located in Cleveland, Ohio; and the Urquhart Memorial Foundation located in Phoenix, Arizona. Throughout her career, Alex has received several awards for her business and professional achievements and has been recognized for a number of communications industry accomplishments.


  • 2016-Named A Recipient of the National ColorComm Circle Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman of Color in the Communications Industry

  • 2016-Named The Trailblazer of the Year by the Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council at their Annual Regional Conference

  • 2016-Named the Business Trailblazer of the Year by the Christian Business League

  • 2016-Named Recipient of the Greater Cleveland Community Service Award by the Gloria Pointer Foundation

  • 2015-Named the first recipient of the Elite Women Around the World (EWAW) Woman Who Changed the World Award

  • 2015-Received the Community Service Award of the National Action Network in Cleveland

  • 2014-Unofficially named “Cleveland’s Marketing Maven” by The Real Deal Newspaper

  • 2013-Named Female Entrepreneur of the Year at the National Power Networking Conference in Dallas, TX

  • 2012- Received the Community Service Award from the Cleveland chapter of the National Eta Phi Beta Sorority

  • 2011-Received The Phenomenal Woman Award from SuccessNet, Inc.

  • 2009-Named Cleveland’s Power Networker of the Year, by Frasernet, Inc

  • 2008-Named one of Cleveland’s Most Powerful and Influential Citizens

  • 2007-2011, Selected for inclusion in The Who’s Who in Black Cleveland Publication

  • 2004- Dedication of the Alexandria Johnson Boone Computer Lab, at Marcus Garvey Academy

  • 2002-Founded the Marcus Garvey Academy Community School (the Academy closed in 2012)

  • 2001-Inducted into the Cleveland Public Schools Alumni Hall of Fame

  • 2000-Named Outstanding Communications Professional by the Cuyahoga County Branch of the National Council of Negro Women

  • 1999-Named Commissioner Emeritus, Ohio Women’s Policy & Research Commission

  • 1999-Selected Keynote Speaker for the Miami Arts Conference (Miami, Florida)

  • 1998-Named One of Cleveland’s Women of Power and Influence by Kaleidoscope Magazine

  • 1997-Named One of Northeast Ohio’s Most Influential Women by Crains’ Cleveland Business 

  • 1996-Attended the White House Conference on Women Business Enterprises hosted by Hillary Rodham Clinton

  • 1995-Served as a correspondent for the Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper at the NGO Conference on Women in Beijing, China

  • 1995-Named Woman of Distinction and awarded a Lifetime Membership by the Lake Erie Girl Scout Council

  • 1995-Selected by the Ohio Women’s Policy & Research Commission to represent Ohio at the NGOs 4th World Conference on Women held in Huairou, China, 35 miles northeast of Beijing

  • 1994-Named Black Professional of the Year, by the Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation

  • 1993-95 Chaired the Ohio Women’s Policy and Research Commission (elected by its members)

  • 1993-Named One of the Top Fifteen Minority Entrepreneurs of the Year by SuccessGuide

  • 1992-Appointed as Vice Chair, Liquor Control Commission of Ohio, by Governor George V. Voinovich

  • 1991-Appointed a member and vice chair, of the Ohio Women’s Policy and Research Commission, by Governor George V. Voinovich (sworn in April 11,1991)

  • 1991-Named to the Board of Directors, WOIO Television by Malrite Communications Group (the 1st African-American to serve in such a role in the State of Ohio)

  • 1990-Named Career Woman of Achievement by the YWCA of Cleveland

  • 1989-Selected as a member of the United States Friendship Exchange to the Soviet Union (USSR)

  • 1988-October 7, 1988 designated “Alexandria B. Boone Day” by Mayor George Voinovich

  • 1987-Selected for Leadership Cleveland, (a prestigious community leadership program)