“My family wasn’t the ‘go out to the river and hike’ type, we were city folk. I picked water for my career very randomly; I opened a UC catalogue and picked something that sounded interesting: Soil and Water Science. But now, I’m very water-oriented. I like to swim, I like to be in water, be around water, look at water. Water is what life’s all about. Water is the key to life. To me, it’s everywhere. I think people forget or don’t see it sometimes, but water is in everything, and without it, none of us would be here.”
Leslie’s been working in the freshwater conservation field for over 20 years, including work for the Oregon Water Trust, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Forest Service. She began working for The Nature Conservancy in 1999, where she develops and implements programs and projects to protect and restore water quality and quantity. She holds a Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Resources, a M.S. in Hydrology and Soil Physics, and a B.S. in Soil and Water Science.
Oregon Director of Freshwater Programs and Freshwater Team Lead