A native of Los Angeles, Leslie moved eastward to attend college. She is a graduate of Smith College, the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and Hygiene, and Downeast School of Massage. For 25 years, her career has focused on health policy, public health, philanthropy, and non-profit administration, working and living in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and Maine. She relocated to Maine in 2005, drawn to the area’s natural beauty, access to coastline, water, and trees, and community orientation. Leslie continues freelance work in public health, philanthropy, and non-profit administration and maintains a massage therapy practice in Blue Hill.