Leslie Barrett

Managing Partner

Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Leslie moved to the US at the age of 13. She began her advertising career at Anderson & Lembke, where she worked on Microsoft for three years. 

During her 20-year tenure at GS&P, she has led the Wall Street Journal, SBC, HP, Emerald Nuts, Subway, Denny’s, Logitech, TD Ameritrade, Nickelodeon, SONIC Drive-Ins and Häagen-Dazs accounts. 

Barrett’s teams have consistently developed work awarded for both creativity and effectiveness. She currently oversees the BMW, HP, Comcast/Xfinity, PayPal and One Medical accounts, among others.

Over the years Barrett has led a number of the agency’s new business wins and, as a result, became director of new business in 2014. She was named a partner in 2016.

She lives with her two daughters in Mill Valley. It’s beautiful, but it’s no Switzerland.

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Margaret Johnson

Chief Creative Officer and Partner

Margaret is a 25-year veteran of GS&P and leads the agency’s Creative department, a position she assumed in 2015 after being named a partner in 2012. In 2016 she was named the agency’s first Chief Creative Officer.

Under her leadership, GS&P was named the “Most Innovative Advertising Agency” and the 36th “Most Innovative Company” in the world by Fast Company in 2021, “Agency of the Year” by Campaign and Forbes with Ad Age picking the agency as a runner-up to “Agency of the Year” in 2019 and 2020. In 2021 Ad Age crowned Margaret “Chief Creative Officer of the Year” and Campaign named Margaret “Creative Person of the Year.” Over the years, she has been recognized as one of the industry’s top chief creative officers by ForbesBusiness InsiderAdweek and The Drum.

Margaret serves on the board of the One Show, was a founding member of the 3% conference and co-founded non-profit Daughters of the Evolution with her 12-year-old daughter, Vivian. In 2019, the non-profit created Lessons in HerStory, an app that was launched at SXSW and uses augmented reality to celebrate stories of women typically omitted from history textbooks. Over the past year, the app won every coveted creative award, including Gold Cannes Lions and the prestigious White Pencil at D&AD. 

 

Twitter:
@maggiejca
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Jeff Goodby

Co-Chairman and Partner

Jeff, along with his friend Rich, started this whole thing.

Jeff grew up in Rhode Island and graduated from Harvard, where he wrote for the Harvard Lampoon. He worked as a newspaper reporter in Boston, and his illustrations have been published in TIME, Mother Jones and Harvard Magazine.

He began his advertising career at J. Walter Thompson and was lucky enough to meet the legendary Hal Riney, whom he still thinks of as his mentor, at Ogilvy & Mather. It was with Riney that Goodby learned his reverence for surprise, humor, craft and restraint.

He also met a guy named Rich Silverstein at Ogilvy & Mather. They founded GS&P in 1983. Since then, the two have won just about every advertising award imaginable.

And yes, Jeff was the guy who originally wrote “got milk?”

He is also a director, and two of his commercials were selected to be among the top 30 advertising films of the 1990s by The One Club.

In 2006 he was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame and in 2019 he and Rich received the Cannes Lion of St. Mark Lifetime Achievement Award.

He continues to believe that his success is a happy confluence of his mother, a painter; his father, a Wharton graduate; and his family, a constant reminder of irony and humility.

Jeff lives in Oakland, California, with his family, a dog, a cat, a rabbit, three horses and probably some other things he doesn’t know about.

Twitter:
@JeffBadby
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San Francisco, Partner

Rich Silverstein

Co-Chairman and Partner

Rich, along with his friend Jeff, started this whole thing.

Rich grew up in Yorktown Heights, New York. After graduating from the Parsons School of Design in New York City, he moved to San Francisco against his father’s wishes.

He worked as an art director in one-year increments for Rolling Stone magazine; Bozell & Jacobs; McCann Erickson; Foote, Cone & Belding; and Ogilvy & Mather, where he met Jeff Goodby and finally settled down. They founded GS&P in 1983 and have won just about every advertising award imaginable.

In 2002 he was inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame and, two years later, into the One Club Creative Hall of Fame. Along with his partner, Jeff, he was named Executive of the Decade by Adweek.

Rich sets a standard of design that has led the agency to compete against the country’s leading design studios. His passion is evident whether he’s crafting client work, creating his own work, working on projects for the Center for Investigative Reporting or visually blogging for the Huffington Post.

He serves on the board of Specialized, and though he recently retired from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy board after 15 years, he continues to develop work for them that keeps their brand the envy of our country’s park system.

Rich lives in San Francisco with his wife, Carla Emil, and Felix the cat. He has two grown kids, Aaron and Simone, and is a proud grandfather to Maple, Will, Owen and Emma.

 

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