The Team at MediaLeaders and Safe Smart Social

Josh Ochs with his dog. :)

Josh Ochs with Harley :)

Josh Ochs | Founder

With a background in brand marketing at Disney and a love for all things technology, Josh Ochs travels the country training 30,000+ students and brands how to be safe and smart on social media.

In 2009, Josh Ochs was nearly elected to city council in Hermosa Beach, CA by leading his own positive grassroots marketing campaign and using his social media methodology to gain votes from 74% of the voters he needed to win the race. As the youngest person on the ballot, he set out to make sure his online image was one that allowed him to shine online in a positive way. Although he lost the election to the incumbent mayor by about 350 votes, his positive image was being watched by many brands and they asked him to share with their staff how they can use social media in a positive way.

In 2013 one of the MediaLeaders partners asked Josh to speak at Universal Studios Hollywood to hundreds of students and share with them social media safety. That launched a new book and a way for Josh to inspire students to be “Light, Bright and Polite” online. Now, through Safe, Smart & Social, Josh’s team inspires almost 200,000 people a year through videos and social media assemblies.

Josh’s MediaLeaders team also hosts Digital Growth Summit events that unite thousands of marketing, advertising and technology professionals in LA and San Francisco. From these events, the MediaLeaders team stays on the bleeding edge of word-of-mouth marketing and they use this as their “secret sauce” to coach clients and advise brands on how to connect with their customers.
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He has a degree in business from the University of Southern California and he resides in Los Angeles. Josh Ochs can be reached online at @JoshOchs or reach Josh Ochs on Linkedin
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Josh’s Strengths according to the Gallup StrengthsFinder: (Roll over to see descriptions)
Positivity, Woo, Activator, Command and Individualization.


Elisa JohnsonElisa Croft | Content Marketing Manager

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Elisa’s dog is named Grandpa.

Elisa helps us create content marketing at MediaLeaders, SafeSmartSocial and BlogPrWire. She creates daily blog posts for all of our wordpress sites, designs helpful content for our 5+ weekly eblasts and works with our blog partners to share best practices. She is one of the driving forces behind our content strategy and she helps us stay on track every day to make sure our properties shine online. Previously Elisa created and executed marketing strategies for an award winning hospitality group in Los Angeles.

Elisa’s Strengths according to the Gallup StrengthsFinder:
Competition, Maximizer, Futuristic, Strategic, and Intellection.



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