Laura Leslie

PROGRAM manager

As the Program Manager, Laura oversees the Youth ALL S.T.A.R. Program and Adult L.E.A.D Program. Laura also manages the 100+ volunteers that run these programs

Since Laura came with her family to the USA when she was 3-years-old, she knows first hand the importance of having community support when transitioning to a new country. She taught English as a Second Language (ESL) for 7 years: in China, San Diego, Saudi Arabia, and Orange County. Although she loves teaching, she decided she wanted her impact to be greater and more centered in her community, so she got a Master's Degree in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management. When she came across Tiyya, she was excited to work with an organization where she could help families of low-income immigrants and refugees have community support and achieve self-sufficiency. 

Quote she lives by: "A rising tide lifts all boats" 

Where she hopes to be in the next few years: In the next few years, Laura hopes to be managing Tiyya programs in San Diego.