Leslie Jacobs, CEO
Leslie Jacobs is the former co-owner and president of The Rosenthal Agency, a family business she helped build into one of the top 100 independent insurance agencies in the nation, prior to selling it to Hibernia National Bank (now Capital One). She is also the former co-owner and remains Executive Vice President of Strategic Comp, a Louisiana based workers’ compensation insurance company.
Leslie currently serves as Chairman of the Southeast Regional Business Council Coalition, Vice- Chairman of The New Orleans Business Council, Vice-Chairman of NOLA Business Alliance and is on the executive committee of Greater New Orleans Inc. Leslie is also the founder of 504ward, an initiative focused on retaining young talent in New Orleans.
Leslie has been engaged in education reform for more than twenty-five years, including twelve years on the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). Leslie is considered the architect of Louisiana’s accountability reform, and was instrumental in passing the constitutional amendment that created the Recovery School District.
Leslie has received numerous honors, including the “Distinguished Service Award” from the National Association of State Boards of Education in Washington, DC and the National Governor’s Association’s Award for Distinguished Service to State Government. She has also been named one of the Top 100 Female Insurance Executives by Business Insurance and was selected as one of the “Twenty People Who Influenced Louisiana 1981-2001,” by Louisiana Life magazine.