As WakeEd’s Finance Director, Leslie oversees all aspects of the partnership’s finances, including the development and management of budgets, preparation of financial statements, and reporting requirements. Leslie brings a decade of management experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, focusing on developing policies and procedures to improve organizational performance. Before joining WakeEd, Leslie worked in the Triangle business community, helping employers define their strategic direction, prepare new business plans, and streamline financial and procedural policies.

Leslie received her MSW from UNC-CH and started her career in the Wake County Public Schools. She began out of college as a social worker, focusing on Title I and Prevention Services. Her experience spans from direct practice as a school social worker to advocacy and public policy work. She loves being part of a dedicated team supporting local educators.