Leslie Loble is Deputy Secretary in the NSW Department of Education and leads cross-sectoral, state-wide and national developments in education, spanning early childhood education, schooling and higher education. She shapes State policy and leads negotiations with the Commonwealth over education policy and funding, including agreements worth more than $10 billion over four years to New South Wales. She led the NSW development of the Gonski school funding reforms and new State funding arrangements for early childhood education. She is a member of major education boards and committees and chairs the national Schools Policy Group on behalf of Australian Education Ministers and CEOs.
Her leadership in public policy was recognised when she was named one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence in 2013 (Australian Financial Review-Westpac Award).
Prior to joining the Department of Education Executive, Leslie was appointed by President Bill Clinton to several key roles including as Chief of Staff to Labor Secretary Robert B. Reich and to senior executive positions in the U.S. Department of Labor. Leslie has a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.