Leslie Griffin

Leslie Griffin provides international public affairs support to companies and other organizations doing business with overseas markets.

As principal of Allinea LLC, Leslie helps clients develop processes for international policy priority-setting and monitoring, understand the stakeholders impacting their business, and shape international government relations strategies and tactics.

Leslie was previously Senior Vice President for International Public Policy for UPS, Vice President for International Governmental Affairs for New York Life Insurance Company, and Managing Director for Asia at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC.

Over her career, Leslie has advocated for policy provisions that supported business growth, including elimination of joint venture requirements, reductions in capital requirements, and removal of discriminatory regulations.

For UPS, she designed a comprehensive international public affairs strategy to guide its entry into a new Middle Eastern market.

For New York Life, she helped shape efforts leading to the granting of an insurance operating license in a key Southeast Asian market.

Leslie also managed and grew the Alliance for Healthcare Competitiveness, a coalition of companies and non-profits calling for intensified efforts to open global markets to U.S. healthcare exports.

While Chief of Staff to the Chairman and CEO of New York Life International, and in other past positions, Leslie provided support to C-suite executives, including development of speech content and other strategic communications on international issues.

She also organized and managed multiple headquarters and facility visits from overseas regulators and other important stakeholders.

As past president of the Association of Women in International Trade, Leslie is a regular speaker on U.S. trade policy at programs across the country.

Leslie serves on the board of WorldBoston and participates in the Northeastern University “Women Who Empower” mentorship program. She taught and studied in Nanjing, China and is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. She holds an M.Sc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. in Economics from Wellesley College.

Leslie joined Baerlein & Partners in 2019 and has already brought significant international trade consulting expertise to agency clients.

In regards to the coronavirus: Leslie Griffin, an expert in international trade and global government relations, has extensive experience in Asian and European markets and with policy issues before those governments. She brings prior international business experience with multinationals in the financial services and logistics industries and spent two decades in Washington, DC advocating with the U.S. and foreign governments on international priorities.
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