Leslie Phillips

Deputy Director of Communications

Leslie is CAC’s Deputy Communications Director. Previously, she served as the longtime Communications Director for the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Governmental Affairs Committee, leading media strategy for the creation of the 9/11 Commission, passage of the Homeland Security Act, the reorganization of the intelligence community and the investigation of the failed response to Hurricane Katrina.

Leslie began her career covering the Georgia state legislature for United Press International and later joined USA Today as a congressional and political correspondent with a particular interest in women in politics. She covered four presidential campaigns, including the groundbreaking VP run of Geraldine Ferraro, and reported on landmark legislation including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Welfare Reform Act and the 1992 Voting Rights Act amendment.

Most recently, Leslie served as Communications Director for the U.S. Joint Economic Committee and led a communications team of three at an internet consultancy. Her writing has appeared in national outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street JournalPolitico, the New York Daily News, the Huffington Post, CNN and others. She is a longtime volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Leslie graduated from Stanford University with a degree in History and a minor in Classics.