About Leslie

Background

Leslie has spent the past 20 years advocating for solutions to make the world a better place. She aims to combine business and policy solutions with a deep concern for the most vulnerable among us.  She believes that public servants have the responsibility to make opportunities available to all Americans.

 Leslie with her husband, Glenn, daughter Vivienne and son, George.

Leslie with her husband, Glenn, daughter Vivienne and son, George.

Labor Rights Advocacy

After college, Leslie spent a volunteer year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, which had a profound impact on her future work.  At 25, she co-founded a nonprofit human rights organization, and spent the next 8 years advocating for labor rights and corporate social responsibility. Lecturing at more than 300 universities, with annual guest lectures at certain business schools, Leslie brought the message of factory workers right to MBA graduate students and corporate executives. She made the case for independent monitoring of factories, higher wages, and the rights to freely associate and form independent unions. She was invited by then Rep. Sherrod Brown D-OH to brief members of Congress on corporate social responsibility solutions for US corporations operating abroad. She won gains for workers by pushing for independent monitoring of factories, stronger Codes of Conduct, higher wages, and the rights to collectively bargain. Her work was profiled by John Perkins (Confessions of an Economic Hitman) in his two subsequent books, The Secret History of the American Empire (2008) and Hoodwinked (2009), and in the book Good Catholic Girls (Bonavoglia, 2005). 

Public health & Patient safety

Currently, Leslie is the Executive Director of a public health organization, providing infection prevention and control expertise to the nation’s healthcare facilities.  She has negotiated more than 2000 contracts in her career, including multi-million dollar federal contracts for training healthcare workers, prioritizing patient safety, and keeping our healthcare facilities safe from healthcare-association infections and diseases, like Ebola. She has built relationships with nearly 40 state health departments to deliver infection prevention programming to their states' healthcare workers. In 2017, she launched a new recognition program to identify hospitals with the best patient safety processes, so that patients can choose hospitals based on infection prevention excellence.

Community involvement

Leslie has been committed to volunteer work throughout her life, and in doing so, has met and heard stories from people of all walks of life. These relationships have informed her advocacy work, and shaped her career. She has done volunteer work in the US and abroad, in domestic violence shelters, orphanages, hospitals, soup kitchens and homeless shelters. She has taught English as a Second Language to Latino immigrants, and helped to run a youth group for Haitian girls. She matched young girls in a low-income neighborhood with sponsors to pay for schooling, clothing and supplies. In her role as the President of the Board of Directors at the Esther Peterson Child Development Center at the U.S. Department of Labor, she led the negotiation of a multi-million dollar contract that incorporated a profit-sharing component to raise teacher salaries on an annual basis.

Education

Leslie has a Bachelor's degree in Biology from St. Joseph’s University, a Master's degree in Theology/Ethics from Union Theological Seminary, a Master's degree in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University, and a certificate of leadership from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.  She is married to Glenn, whom she met at the beach when she was 12 years old. They live in Chevy Chase with their two children, Vivienne and George.