Leslie’s thirty year career in the public sector has established her as an expert in strategic communications and public policy. She has advised labor unions, non-profits, advocacy groups, political candidates and elected officials how to successfully handle public affairs issues, campaigns and manage crises.
On Cape Cod, Leslie spent three years as Senior Advisor to State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro). She was responsible for media strategy, complex public affairs issues, constituent issues and stakeholder relationships for the district. Leslie served as the chief communication strategist behind Julian Cyr’s stunning primary and general election victories in 2016.
Leslie spent a decade with the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office as its Press Secretary, where she was recognized by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as “smart, seasoned and knowledgeable” while holding “one of the most demanding political jobs in the state.” Leslie was involved in numerous landmark consumer advocacy lawsuits and legislative remedies for two attorneys general, many of which helped change the way state government protects the public.
She was a key spokesperson for the Minnesota Tobacco Trial, litigation that former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop called one of the greatest public health achievements of the twentieth century. Leslie’s career also includes positions at NBC News in Washington and working at the White House. Her political work started in 1987 on U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s re-election campaign.