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Venture Philanthropy Partners Announces Leslie Aun as New Vice President of Communications

Contact: Jeff Raderstrong for VPP
(202) 263-4788 (office)
(612) 978-8215 (cell)
jraderstrong@vppartners.org 

(Washington, DC, May 3, 2012) Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP) announced today that Leslie Aun will join its team as Vice President of Communications. At VPP, Aun will head communications efforts as VPP begins a new phase of work to improve the lives of children and youth in the National Capital Region. Aun will work closely with VPP’s leadership to develop and implement strategies to increase the impact of VPP’s investments.

A seasoned communications professional whose career spans the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, she most recently served as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, where she led the organization’s communications and marketing initiatives. She developed a global public relations strategy across online and interactive media—including branding, advertising, executive communications and events—to drive engagement, awareness and support for the organization’s mission.

"Leslie is a tremendous addition to the VPP team," said President and CEO Carol Thompson Cole. "As we continue to advance our work in the region for even greater impact, the implementation of effective communications strategies will be essential. Her experience gives us the ability to leverage our work in the community and bring together all those in the region that care about making a difference for children and youth."

Previously, Aun served as Vice President of Communications for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and was the Managing Director for Earth Hour USA, the largest global environmental event in history in which 90 million Americans took part to express concern about climate change. Her work at WWF was recognized by the Public Relations Society of America with its Silver Anvil, the most prestigious award in the field of public relations. Prior to the WWF, she was Chief Communications Officer for Special Olympics. Her career has included communications roles within a variety of companies including MCI Communications and Sodexo.

“VPP has a strong history of helping high performing organizations secure the financial infusions and management counsel necessary for them to attain better outcomes for children and youth." said Richard Hanlon, VPP investor and former Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, AOL Time Warner Inc. "Leslie's expertise, relationships and experience will help VPP build on its success and take advantage of new opportunities to support even more children and youth in our region."

Aun began her career as a print and broadcast journalist in Washington D.C. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia, and has served as an Adjunct Professor of Public Relations at Georgetown University.

About Venture Philanthropy Partners
Venture Philanthropy Partners makes the future brighter for youth living in the National Capital Region by tackling the largest barriers to their success and forging partnerships that bring the expertise, passion and reach necessary to achieve life-changing results. Over the past decade, VPP has raised over $90 million to help children and youth of low-income families in the National Capital Region access quality education, health care and career training – setting them on the right path to learn, graduate, and become successful, healthy adults. This funding, coupled with our management expertise and support in strengthening staff leadership, has increased the capacity of local nonprofits to help them serve over 40,000 children and youth across the region each year. For more information, visit www.vppartners.org.