Leslie has been actively involved in shaping the Internet's technical evolution for more than a dozen years. Her role with the Internet Society was to provide strategic leadership on important technical issues as they relate to ISOC's ongoing programs.
She has worked with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) since 1995, and was an appointed member of the related Internet Architecture Board (IAB) from March 2000 to March 2008. As the elected Chair of the IAB from 2002 to 2007, Leslie steered the IAB and the related IETF through a period of important industry and institutional change by working with diverse technical groups to align their interests and develop sustainable relationships.
Apart from her leadership role with the IAB, Leslie has been a strong promoter of the development of Internet identifiers and directory systems, which allow for the creation of standards-based, interoperable application protocols to support end-users across the Internet in their use of remote resources. She recently published standards for DNS-based application service discovery.
Leslie has served as a panelist with the National Science Foundation review committee, evaluating Internet-related research proposals submitted for funding. She holds an M.Sc. in Computing & Information Science from the University of Guelph, and a B.Sc. in Math and Computer Science from McGill University. Leslie was most recently a Consulting Engineer at Cisco Systems. Previously she held the position of Director of Directory Research at VeriSign, and Vice President for Research at industry pioneer Bunyip Information Systems, among others.
Leslie left the Internet Society in May 2014.