Leslie A. Chambers, President and CEO

Leslie Chambers was appointed President and CEO of the American Parkinson Disease Association in August of 2012 and brings to the role a rich background in successful management and leadership experience from the non-profit voluntary health sector.

Ms. Chambers has held leadership positions with several major non-profit health organizations and brings a dynamic history of executive leadership in the achievement of strategic organizational goals in the areas of leadership development, fundraising, business planning, program development and advocacy. Leslie's career highlights include serving as an accomplished chapter Executive Director for both the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the first full time Executive Director for the Alzheimer's Association – both in Fairfield County Connecticut. Following these roles, Leslie moved on to the national Chapter Services Division of the Alzheimer's Association's national headquarters in Chicago, IL. There she helped lead a national strategic reorganization of the association's field and chapter structure resulting in improved mission delivery and fundraising efforts serving the Alzheimer's community of patients, caregivers, advocates and donors throughout the country.

While at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society headquartered in White Plains, NY, Leslie served on the Field Management Team as a Senior Vice President responsible for leading the growth and development of the chapter network resulting in increased chapter revenues from $125M to $200M over a seven year period. Leslie has also served as the Executive Vice President of Field Operations and Chapter Development at Autism Speaks' national headquarters in New York, NY where she was responsible for the overall growth of chapter expansion and development within 80 markets located in the United States and Canada.

Ms. Chambers earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA in the fields of human nutrition and public health, and is a graduate from the Management Institute for Non-Profit Managers at Springfield College in Springfield MA.