Information Technology Coordinator
Lesley has left The Education Trust for her next adventure. Though she is no longer at Ed Trust, we maintain this bio page as a record of the wonderful work she contributed while with us.
Lesley is the face of Ed Trust’s IT department, keeping any machine that runs on electricity up and operating and providing technical support to the local and regional offices with a smile.
Lesley brings more than 10 years of technology experience to Ed Trust, six of which were with nonprofit organizations, with the balance spent working for the City of Philadelphia in the mayor’s office of her hometown. She holds several certifications and a bachelor’s degree in information systems management.
Lesley’s intense desire to help youth, specifically high school girls who are interested in STEM-related careers, has led her to recently team up with Girls in Tech, a global nonprofit organization where she mentors young women who share her passion for technology.
What drew you to technology?
My dad strongly suggested it as I was narrowing down professions. He said it would always be in demand, always pay the bills, and, because I was a hyperactive child, he felt that I would never get bored working in the technology field. I guess he was right.
Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?
As a person of color, I am certainly sensitive to the disparities in quality education for students who look like me. When I checked out the founder, mission, and history of the organization, I immediately got on board. While I may not be directly involved in the advocacy aspect of the organization, my indirect role allows me to equip these fierce advocates with the technology they need to close the opportunity gap — one student of color or low-income student at a time.