Leslie has served the City of Chicago in several posts, and has united many communities directing mega- projects. She was Executive Director of the Chicago Host Committee for the 1994 World Cup and the 1996 Democratic National Convention, both of which showcased Chicago to national and international audiences. These large-scale events came with their own set of red tape, which Leslie cut through to deliver on the city’s promise to maximize economic benefit, unite communities, and internationalize Chicago. They are among her proudest accomplishments as a public servant. She also created the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony in Chicago and developed it into a city-wide event. It is an an occasion for reflection that is close to her heart.
Leslie left City Hall to found her own award-winning public relations firm, Fox & Associates. There she created the city-wide ‘Principal for a Day’ program, which placed government officials and business leaders in CPS locations to broaden their perspective on the system. The program established meaningful public-private partnerships for hundreds of public schools. Eventually Leslie sold Fox & Associates to an international firm, and went on to become Executive Vice President of a boutique public relations firm where she delivered record profits. She has experience managing budgets up to $35M in budgets that have always resulted in surpluses.
In 2014, Leslie was recruited to the senior advisory team for Equality Illinois, and contributed to the strategy that led to the historic passage of same-sex marriage legislation.
Leslie recently concluded her term as elected Chair of the Local School Council for Lincoln Park High School. She is a passionate advocate for quality public education and supporting neighborhood schools. At the same time, Leslie has given her time to senior citizens—for several years she has conducted current-events discussions at Northside senior residences.
Leslie and her husband, Bill Griffin, are the proud parents of four children—two teenagers who attend Chicago Public Schools, one who recently graduated, and a married son. They are also the proud pet parents of two rescue animals, Ozzie the dog and Jayden the cat. Leslie believes the 43rd Ward is in need of experienced leadership that listens and knows how to get things done—that’s why she is running for Alderman.