Leslie Cunningham is the Executive Director of California LAW, the new non-profit designed as the foundational structure to provide a pipeline for diverse students from high school through community colleges, four-year institutions and law schools into law or law-related careers.
Before joining California LAW, Cunningham served as the Managing Consultant for LJC Management Group since 2004, handling project management, strategic planning and marketing campaigns for corporate, non-profit and faith-based organizations.
Cunningham served on the Coalition Board of The Greenlining Institute from 2006-2008, collaborating with the leadership to challenge the lack of diversity in corporate management, philanthropy and board membership, connecting the faith-based community to corporate donors through their annual Economic Summit.
Cunningham is the past President of the Mount St. Mary’s University African American Alumnae Network, and a former Board Member of the Riverside African American Historical Society. Cunningham is member of the National Coro Alumni Network, the flagship organization communicating public policy impact and involvement statewide and nationally, and was the first African American Vice President of the W3C Community Alliance for the City of Riverside.
Cunningham received her BA in Social Science with Political Science emphasis from Mount St. Mary’s University in 1990. She was the founder and first President of the Pre-Law Union of Students in 1990 and served as the Assistant Director of the PACE Program at West Los Angeles College in 1990. In 1991, she was selected as a Coro Foundation Public Affairs Fellow, graduating in 1992.
Cunningham was born in California and grew up abroad in Nigeria, Germany and Japan, and speaks four languages.