Leslie, a West Virginia native, joined the federation’s northeast office in August 2018. As a coastal specialist, she works on expanding oyster restoration and living shoreline efforts along the Outer Banks, where she hopes to reach new audiences with the federation’s mission while maintaining relationships with longtime supporters. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in marine and coastal science and policy. Before joining the federation, she worked at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island for four years in animal husbandry, sea turtle rehabilitation and education. She also manages a small independent marine debris initiative, working with local businesses and visitors to minimize the usage of single-use plastics on the Outer Banks.