The San Diego Convention Center Corp. announced Feb. 21 that it has hired Steven B. Johnson as its vice president of public affairs.
In his new role, Johnson, a former independent consultant, will be responsible for the agency’s overall development and implementation of government affairs activities and public policy. He will also be responsible for developing long- and short-term communications strategies and will act as the media spokesman for the Convention Center. His salary was not reported.
Johnson replaces Fred Sainz, who left the agency in December to become the communications director for San Diego City Hall under the administration of Mayor Jerry Sanders.
Johnson holds a master’s degree in public administration from San Diego State University and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Oregon.
“Mr. Johnson brings incredible insight to our organization,” said Carol Wallace, the agency’s president and chief executive officer. “I believe his demonstrated leadership experience in public policy and media relations will enhance and strengthen our position in the community.”
Johnson’s public and private sector client list includes Hewlett-Packard Co., the Levi Strauss Foundation, National Minority AIDS Council, Kaiser Family Foundation, Alliance Healthcare Foundation, African-American AIDS Policy and Training Institute and the California Department of Health Services, office of HIV/AIDS. He previously served as the director of public policy and communications for the Norwest AIDS Foundation.
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