Leslie Jones

Vice President for Working Lands


Areas of expertise:
Working lands stewardship, natural resource management and federal policy, ecosystem services, climate adaptation, agriculture, food security, forest and wildlife conservation

Leslie Jones has more than two decades of experience achieving successes that increase the benefits that working lands and waters provide to producers, rural communities and the economy. As vice president for working lands, Leslie oversees EDF’s work to:

  • Expand habitat on agricultural, ranching and forestry lands.
  • Incentivize agricultural practices that improve water quality and soil health.
  • Ensure U.S. working lands provide natural climate solutions and support climate-resilient landscapes.

Throughout her career, Leslie has found innovative ways to build coalitions to advance solutions that enhance wildlife habitat, increase recreational opportunities for hunters and fishers, and ensure that farmers and ranchers continue to grow food and fiber in a changing climate.

Leslie joined EDF in 2019 and is a member of EDF’s leadership council.


Leslie served in senior positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including as deputy undersecretary and chief of staff for the Natural Resource and Environment division encompassing the U.S. Forest Service and Natural Resource Conservation Service. She has served as general counsel at The Wilderness Society, chief of staff at Oceana, and staffed the Vermont Attorney General on complex consumer fraud and environmental litigation.

Over more than two decades of work in conservation, she has provided strategic direction, team development, management, budgeting and fundraising at the highest levels of government and nonprofit organizations.


  • B.A. Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic
  • J.D./M.S in Environmental Law, Vermont Law School