Leslie Griffin provides public affairs and executive communications support to companies, trade associations, universities, and other organizations, particularly those with a global focus.
As principal of Allinea LLC, Leslie helps clients translate complex business ideas and public policy objectives into language that is understandable and persuasive to different audiences. Her primary areas of work are public policy communications, thought leadership communications, and government relations strategy.
Recent client work has included drafting op-eds and blogs for the CEO of a Boston-headquartered multinational; preparing position papers for a prominent biotech company for use in global advocacy; advising a Boston-based university on strategic communications with the governments of countries where it maintains overseas campuses; preparing scripts for a trade association’s public dialogues with senior government officials and business leaders; and leading a corporate workshop for a state economic development agency on Persuasive Communications.
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 advocacy efforts leading to the granting of an insurance operating license in a key Southeast Asian market.
While Chief of Staff to the Chairman and CEO of New York Life International, and in other past positions, Leslie provided extensive support to C-suite executives, including preparation of public remarks, briefing materials for meetings with policymakers, and content for board meetings and quarterly earnings calls.
Leslie’s work with companies operating in overseas markets draws on her deep background in U.S. trade and investment policy. She serves as President of the National Foreign Trade Council Foundation in Washington, DC; Co-founder and member of the board of Women in World Trade, New England; and a member of the board of WorldBoston. She is also a past President of the Association of Women in International Trade in Washington, DC, an organization made up of over 700 trade professionals.
Leslie 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.