Leslie Talbot is the Founder and Principal of Talbot Consulting, an independent education management consulting practice. Founded in 2006, Talbot Consulting designs and directs new school/program startups; constructs and facilitates school improvement strategies; manages school/program replication and growth; and helps nonprofits move into the school space.
Leslie’s career spans nearly three decades, and has focused on education policy, research and evaluation, and systems change. She has written several papers and reports, including the most recent authored with Aretha Miller entitled, “Pathways to Opportunity Project: Increasing Educational Equity through Innovative School Design Elements.” Leslie regularly presents at education conferences including the Alternative Accountability Policy Forum and the National Charter Schools Conference.
Leslie earned a Master of Arts degree in sociology and education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in public policy from Stanford University. She is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, serves on the Board of Trustees for Democracy Builders, is a Director of privately-held education company K12Connect, and has been appointed to the Stanford Associates (an alumni association volunteer council). A native of Detroit, Michigan, Leslie currently resides in New York City where she enjoys cycling, cooking, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and a good story!