President and CEO
Leslie leads the Food Bank for Westchester in fulfilling its mission to provide access to good food and help eradicate hunger.
Prior to joining the Food Bank Leslie served as a key executive at City Harvest leading plans to improve food access and nutritional behaviors for a half-million low-income residents and pioneering a new strategy that doubled the food distributed annually from 30 to 60 million lbs. Earlier Leslie served as Founding Director of Made in the Hudson Valley, which promoted products manufactured in the Hudson Valley region, and served under General Colin Powell as National Director of America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth.
A lifetime Westchester and fourth generation resident of Tarrytown, Leslie is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz with a degree in Sociology. She is a frequent guest speaker at various organizations addressing issues of hunger including the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine on Seniors & Hunger. She is also a guest lecturer of Fordham University’s Non-Profit Leadership graduate program.