Leslie joins the USGLC after working as the Press Secretary and Foreign Policy Legislative Aide to Congressman Lloyd Doggett, focusing on the Middle East. Before moving to Capitol Hill, she worked at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Austin, Texas and did press work for Senator Kay Hagan. Leslie has a background in local and state-wide campaign consulting and communications. Prior to that, she spent time working in the Texas House of Representatives, and is a proud alumna of the House Page Program. Leslie earned her B.S. in Political Communications and Government from the University of Texas at Austin and is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas.
Americans view North Korea as one of our nation’s biggest threats, according to a CNN poll this year, and for understandable reasons. North Korea recently tested its fifth nuclear device, raising tensions and destabilizing peace and security in Asia. While North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests have increased the urgency to curb their military build-up, they also remind us of the importance of maintaining our long-standing relationships with our allies. Just two hours south of Pyongyang, is the capital of one of our most important allies in the region—South Korea.
With the Zika virus spreading rapidly through South and Central America – and with more than 30 cases found in travelers returning to the U.S. – this is an important moment to look back on some global public health lessons that we’ve learned in recent years. While there are certainly comparisons with Ebola, Zika is a very different disease: it’s transmitted by mosquitoes – not people – and affects pregnant women and their newborn infants.