Leslie recently earned her Master’s degree from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management specializing in (and passionate about) Water Resources Management.
Leslie’s master’s thesis, in partnership with the Nature Conservancy (TNC), explores creative market solutions to managing water availability for both humans and nature when and where water is needed most. Specifically, her thesis looked at blending different kinds of capital (philanthropic, public and private dollars) as well as utilizing “conscious investing” to incentivize the creation of temporary migratory bird habitat on farmland (by obtaining water to temporarily flood farmland) in partnership with farmers and other stakeholders in Northern California. While in graduate school, Leslie was also a teaching assistant for UCSB’s Environmental Studies Program.
Before graduate school, Leslie’s background was in Colorado Water Law, working as a paralegal for a leading water rights law firm in Aspen, CO for 5+ years. Leslie received her Bachelor of Science focusing on hydrology and environmental science before turning her attention to water law.
Leslie has traveled extensively, which has fueled her passion around water security for both humans and nature. In addition to circumnavigating the globe, she has traveled to Venezuela, Brazil, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, South Africa, Belize, Mexico, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Mauritius, Vietnam, Chile, Burma/ Myanmar, India, China, Hong Kong, Japan, as well as all over Europe.