Kayla Johnston

Director, Communications

Kayla Johnston is a communications leader with nine years of experience serving high-growth startups and public companies in the consumer and enterprise technology space. With a career spanning corporate communications, media relations, content development, and thought leadership, Kayla believes that effective communication has the power to drive positive change, inspire action, and foster meaningful connections both internally and externally.

Kayla recently served as the Corporate Communications Manager at thredUP, an online resale marketplace headquartered in Oakland. There she led the development and execution of comprehensive communications strategies, facilitated partnership launches with prominent brands and retailers, and managed media relations and thought leadership initiatives. Prior to thredUP, Kayla spent seven years at Inkhouse, a public relations agency in San Francisco, where she began her communications journey as an Account Coordinator. Her dedication and expertise led her to ascend to the role of Account Director where she managed five teams and supervised two direct reports.

Kayla graduated from Chico State with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in marketing. She is a Sacramento-native and currently resides in East Sacramento with her husband and Shih Tzu dog. In her free time, she can be found going to King’s games, enjoying her neighborhood and taking trips to Lake Tahoe or wine country.