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Jessie Leslie National Network Director

Jessie Leslie

As National Network Director, Jessie oversees the entirety of NSC’s federal field operation, with a particular focus on extending NSC’s network to new states and districts essential to the Coalition’s advocacy agenda. She manages Business Leaders United (BLU) for Workforce Partnerships, which provides a common platform from which diverse business leaders jointly communicate to policymakers and the press about industry-based workforce strategies that could serve as state and national policy models. She also works with other national organizations to better coordinate grassroots mobilization efforts, so as to diversify the base of local stakeholders weighing in on skills policy issues. Jessie joined National Skills Coalition in 2004.

Prior to joining National Skills Coalition, Jessie was Manager of Strategic Resources and Public Policy for the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, where she built a statewide advocacy network and served as lead policy advocate within Kentucky, in addition to supporting ongoing policy efforts within Ohio. She was previously Deputy Director of Kids Voting Southwest Ohio.

Jessie holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Cincinnati. She is based in Cincinnati, OH and Washington, D.C.