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Ralph R. Leslie, Jr.

Chief Financial Officer
Obama Foundation

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Ralph R. Leslie has 25+ years experience in financial management, administration and strategy.  Leslie’s role as Chief Financial Officer entails overseeing the financial planning for the Obama Foundation including accounting and budget operations.

Ralph previously served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Navy Pier and with the Ounce of Prevention Fund, a national non-for-profit focused on early childhood education.  At the Ounce, Ralph was directly responsible for finance, human resources and facilities, and was heavily involved with strategy and operations. Prior to joining the Ounce, Ralph was Director of Finance for the beverage division of PepsiCo where he managed finance for one of the largest markets in the Pepsi system.  Prior to that, he was a Director in Pepsi’s Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis group.  He started his career as an auditor with Cargill, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN and held leadership roles in finance, strategy and business development.

Ralph earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Chicago State University. He later earned an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN.  Additionally he completed post graduate business courses at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. 

Ralph has also been an instructor at South Suburban College in South Holland, IL where he taught management and marketing courses.   

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