Leslie Jacobs

Leslie Jacobs is a native New Orleanean who has been engaged in education reform for more than 35 years. She is considered the architect of Louisiana’s accountability reform policies and was instrumental in creating the Recovery School District. Leslie has served as Chairman of GNO Inc, Vice-Chairman of the New Orleans Business Council and CEO and co-founder of the New Orleans Startup Fund.   She is also the founder of  504ward, an initiative focused on retaining young talent in New Orleans, Chairman and co-founder of YouthForce NOLA and co-founder of Belltower.  Leslie has received numerous honors including co-New Orleanian of the Year by Gambit magazine, a Top 100 Female Insurance Executive by Business Insurance and one of the “Twenty People Who Influenced Louisiana 1981-2001,” by Louisiana Life magazine.