*Leslie is on a full-time detail to USDA Natural Resources and Environment, effective February 2022 through February 2024.

Leslie Jones oversees our policy team’s collaboration with agency partners and the development of legislative solutions with federal congressional champions. Jones has over 25 years of experience in shaping conservation policy. Prior to joining American Forests in 2020, Jones served as deputy undersecretary and chief of staff for natural resources and environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where her work included overseeing the U.S. Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service on a variety of natural resource issues, including management of the 193-million-acre National Forest and Grassland System, and implementation of Farm Bill conservation programs on America’s farms, ranches and forests. Jones was also chief of staff at the global ocean conservation organization, Oceana, and general counsel for The Wilderness Society.