Leslie Barcus, VegFund Executive Director since 2014, is guided by a professional philosophy that innovative business models and products used in a combination with creative appeals to human compassion and education will result in a kind and healthy world for people, animals and the environment. VegFund supports 500 vegan activists globally to enable public outreach about the broad benefits of vegan living.
Leslie’s governance and senior management experience with non-profit and private enterprises around the world underpin her work for compassionate economic paradigms. Her professional exposure spans 40 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East and includes work in animal rights and animal welfare, biodiversity conservation, higher learning and adult education, microfinance, financial education, behavior change, organizational capacity building, international economic development and corporate and small business banking.
Leslie is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio and has a master’s degree in international economic development from American University. Leslie serves as a Board Member of Humane Society International and a long-term panelist for the annual selection of Humphrey Fellows of the Fulbright Program, supported by the U.S. State Department and the Institute for International Education. She is a prior member of the Investment Committee of Verde Ventures at Conservation International and adjunct faculty of American University in Washington, D.C.