Leslie Rae Harlson

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Leslie Rae Harlson

Assistant Director, Berkeley Discovery Initiative

Leslie works on strategy and day-to-day operations for the Discovery Initiative. She supports some of the work the Immediate Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, including the Berkeley Collegium. Prior to joining the Immediate Office, she travelled around the world, recruiting students for Berkeley Summer Sessions and building relationships with partner institutions. Before comoing to Berkeley, Leslie held a variety of roles in the non-profit and higher education sector, including with the DAAD-German Academic Exchange Service, the German government's higher education arm and the Global Philanthropy Forum.  She got her BA in German and International Studies from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and her Masters in International Political Economy from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Leslie is originally from Chicagoland and misses those Midwestern summers in a big way. In her non-work hours she spends time with her two sons and her husband and enjoys all the outdoor fun the Bay Area has to offer.