Leslie is a veteran political and corporate communications professional with extensive experience in both private and public sector environments. As founder and CEO of Leslie Kupchella & Partners, Leslie works with a diverse blend of corporate and non-profit clients to deliver strategic communications and public affairs counsel. Her focus areas include internal/employee communications, external communications and media relations, as well as executive communications coaching and reputation management.
Before launching her own business, Leslie held a number of senior roles within UnitedHealth Group’s Optum division along with senior communications/public affairs roles at Carlson. Her communications and public relations agency experience includes Himle Rapp & Co. and Tunheim Partners.
Her political experience includes serving as Press Secretary to Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and former U.S. Senator Norm Coleman. She currently serves on the board of Teach for America—MN Chapter, and is a past board member of the Citizens League.