Alumni Stories

Jack Leslie (F’76)

Chairman, Weber Shandwick Worldwide

Location: Wagner Alumni House
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Jack Leslie

Leslie’s strongest memories from his time at Georgetown include professor Rev. Otto Hentz, S.J., classes in liberation theology, President Nixon’s resignation, the filming of The Exorcist and student protests, especially one that involved placing lemons in front of the president’s office. Upon graduating from the School of Foreign Service, Leslie got a job with Senator Edward M. Kennedy, which launched his political consulting career. After the 1980 elections, he spent a year “bouncing around the world” and sharpening his craft.

A seasoned global communications professional and political operative, Leslie serves as chairman of Weber Shandwick, an international public relations firm. He was a senior aide to Senator Edward M. Kennedy and a strategist on dozens of campaigns in the United States, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Leslie served as a communications crisis advisor to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the immediate aftermath of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, to American Airlines following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to the government of Colombia on narco-trafficking and terrorism, and to the state of Florida on the shootings of foreign tourists. After Sept. 11, he testified before the House International Relations Committee on U.S. public diplomacy programs directed at the Muslim world. President Obama appointed Leslie chairman of the board of directors of the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) in 2009.

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Weber Shandwick Worldwide

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