Leslie Barcus joined the Animal Legal Defense Fund in 2020. Leslie is the Executive Director of VegFund, a non-profit supporting vegan activism worldwide. Leslie has played a governance and senior management leadership role for a range of nonprofit and private enterprises around the world, having worked with organizations from start-up through transition and growth stages. Her professional exposure spans more than 40 countries and includes work in animal rights and welfare, biodiversity conservation, higher learning and adult education, microfinance, behavior change, organizational capacity building, international economic development and corporate banking. Leslie has a master’s degree in international economic development from American University, Washington, DC.