Mary Leslie is President of the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) & LABC Institute. Ms. Leslie has grown the LABC into one of the most prominent business organizations in the region, working closely with leaders from business, government and the non-profit sectors to enact policies and programs to strengthen Los Angeles' economic competitiveness and quality of life. Both organizations operate with the core mission of focusing on creating cutting edge policy strategies to reduce the region's housing affordability gap, increase sustainable development, promote international trade, and expand high-paying workforce opportunities.
Ms. Leslie is an appointee of Governor Gavin Newsom to the California ISO Board of Governors, which oversees one of the largest and most modern power grids in the world. She has served on the LA Sustainability Leadership Council, as a Commissioner for the LA Department of Water and Power, on the LA 2028 Board, as a Deputy Mayor of LA, and as the Deputy Director of the US Small Business Administration. Ms. Leslie currently serves on the Advisory Board for the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, the Board of the LA Clean Tech Incubator, and as a member of the Pacific Council of International Policy.