Leslie Bernard is a senior director in Arabella’s Washington, DC office. She leads a team of specialists who strategically partner with foundation, corporate, family, and individual clients to achieve their social impact and equity goals across a range of issues. Leslie oversees Arabella’s Strategy and Strategic Implementation Services team, which applies our experience in strategy, grant making, donor collaboration, impact investing, and advocacy to design, plan, launch, implement, and scale innovative initiatives and programs that strategically address social-sector issues with a focus on maximizing both impact and equity.
Prior to joining Arabella, Leslie worked for over 15 years in the field of philanthropy to design and implement strategies and initiatives to achieve impact at the local, national, and international level. In her work with Johns Hopkins University, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and other Baltimore-area grant makers and nonprofits, she has managed cross-sector donor collaboratives, bringing together local foundations, public- and private-sector partners, and community members to address issues of health equity and community revitalization. As a program officer with the Kresge Foundation, she has supported the capacity-building needs of organizations across the social sector at a national level. In her most recent role as senior associate director of corporate and foundation relations for Johns Hopkins University, she worked with clinicians and funders to develop and implement strategies, initiatives, and innovations to improve health outcomes in communities at a national and global level. Leslie began her career in the field of international development working with Oxfam America to fund, monitor, and evaluate small-scale development projects in West Africa.
Leslie holds a bachelor of science from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where she majored in international politics, and a master of arts from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.