As a teenager, Leslie's first foray into politics was as a volunteer for Lyndon Johnson’s campaign for President. Thus began her lifelong interest in politics. After college, Leslie had a successful career in the labor movement where she built an extensive political portfolio. A graduate of the Emerge Class of 2012, Leslie was elected to the Board of Directors in May, 2015. She resides in Dayton, Nevada with her husband and is a member of the Alumnae Pipeline Bench Development Committee.