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Leslie Nair

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Leslie Nair
Talent Services

Background: Leslie Nair is a principal with Bellwether Education Partners in the Talent Services practice area. Since 2010, Leslie has worked on a range of executive search projects with charter and parochial school systems, policy and research organizations, and foundations. Prior to joining Bellwether, Leslie worked for several boutique search firms before launching her own practice in 2004. She has completed hundreds of senior-level search projects in a variety of functional areas and industries including health care, finance, medical device manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and nonprofits. Leslie received a bachelor’s in French and international relations from Bradley University.

Experience at Bellwether: Executive search, talent market mapping

Client segments served: charter systems and schools, private/parochial systems and schools, policy organizations, foundations

Sample Clients: DC Prep, Democracy Prep, Cristo Rey Network, Data Quality Campaign, WestEd, Kern Family Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, National Alliance of Public Charter Schools, National Association of Charter School Authorizers

Why I do this work: Having grown up with access to good schools and abundant educational opportunities, I took education for granted until I was faced with finding high-performing, progressive, urban public schools for my own children. My exploration of options revealed the dearth of quality and choice, opened my eyes to the serious, systemic failures and lack of parity in public education.