PRESIDENT, LOS ANGELES BUSINESS COUNCIL
Mary Leslie is president of the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC), an advocacy and educational organization dedicated to serving local businesses while informing and impacting positive change at multiple layers of government. For more than 70 years, the LABC has been an influential link between business and government and has had a major impact on public policy issues related to education, housing and environmental sustainability.
Under her leadership, the LABC has developed a national reputation as a catalyst for innovative policy in the fields of housing, transportation, renewable energy development, CleanTech and more. The LABC initiated and supported passage of Los Angeles’ first Green Building Ordinance and provided critical support for California’s multi-billion-dollar housing initiative, 1C. The LABC was responsible for helping qualify a billion-dollar city housing bond (Prop H) and creating the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Office of Civic Engagement.