Opportunity Green Business Conference 2011 Speakers


Leslie Cordes

Leslie Cordes

Senior Advisor
United Nations Foundation

Leslie has 24 years of professional experience in the legislative sector, executive branch, and non-profit field with a focus on climate change, sustainable development, clean energy and water, and other global environmental issues. She currently serves as Senior Director of Partnership Development for the United Nations Foundation’s where she works to develop partnerships in support of the foundation’s clean energy, climate, and special initiatives. During the past year, she also held the position of Interim Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, an innovative public-private partnership to promote clean cookstoves in the developing world. Prior to her tenure at the UN Foundation, Leslie served as Chief of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Supply and Industry Branch where she managed a suite of voluntary programs that included the Climate Leaders, Green Power, and Combined Heat and Power Partnerships. Leslie also spent eight years at the Alliance to Save Energy, where she served in various management capacities, including Acting Co-President, Vice President for Program Development, and Director for International Programs. Leslie also designed and implemented energy efficiency and climate projects as deputy director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Energy Efficiency Program. She began her career on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee where she worked for eight years on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and climate change legislation. Leslie has a B.A. in Political Economics from UC Berkeley, and a M.S. in International Trade & Finance from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.


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