Leslie R. Katz
Leslie Katz works with clients to navigate through local and state agencies on government law and policy issues to optimize the political, legal, and business environments in which her clients operate.
Leslie has an in-depth understanding of state regulations and strong relationships with state and local legislators and state constitutional officers. She focuses on government law and policy and regularly interacts with state agencies. Leslie helps optimize the political, legal, community, and business contexts in which her clients operate. Her ability to provide strategic counsel—for startups to Fortune 500 companies and public entities—comes from her diverse experiences in the public and private sectors.
Leslie is a former member of the Board of Supervisors for the City and County of San Francisco, serving as chair and/or vice-chair of numerous committees. She was previously elected citywide to the San Francisco Community College Board of Trustees, and served as president. As a Board of Supervisors member, Leslie drafted and helped pass significant legislation related to technology, the environment, economic development, labor and human rights, including the Equal Benefits Ordinance. After leaving the Board, she was appointed to the Port Commission by Governor Gavin Newson when he was serving as Mayor of San Francisco.
Leslie has a long history of working relationships with California’s constitutional officers as well as with numerous other state and federal legislators. Leslie has served as the regional vice president of regulatory affairs for a Fortune 250 energy-services company and held executive roles with technology companies. She was involved in the Pacific Carbon Exchange’s inception and held the role of executive vice president of policy. She regularly speaks on blockchain, regulatory matters, public policy topics, and on infrastructure, economic development, community relations, leadership development, and technology-related issues.