Leslie Brown is Senior Advisor with the NYC Office of Technology and Innovation (OTI). OTI was created by executive order under Mayor Eric Adams consolidating all NYC tech agencies and offices, including NYC Cyber Command, 311, DOITT, Office of Data Analytics, and the Office of Information Privacy with a combined contract procurement portfolio of $6.4 billion. In this role Leslie preps the Chief Technology Officer and other principals for legislative hearings and other public-facing tech and innovation stakeholder domestic and international engagements. Leslie works to advance OTI’s legislative agenda in collaboration with internal subject matter leads and the NYC City Hall Intergovernmental Affairs team to foster knowledge sharing and engagement on shared priorities with federal and state elected officials and partners. On international partnerships, Leslie works closely with the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs and the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to support NYC’s technology ecosystem on a global stage, and facilitates OTI team engagement in global policy partnerships, summits, and consortia. Her portfolio areas include cybersecurity, information privacy, research, and collaboration/emerging tech (AI/ML, IoT+), digital literacy & inclusion, and internal workforce development.
Prior to joining OTI Leslie served in NYC public sector offices as Chief of Staff of the NYC Civic Engagement Commission; Director of Development with the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services, Bureau of Learning and Development; and, Senior Program Manager for Growth Businesses at the NYC Department of Small Business Services. Leslie is experienced in program design and management, strategic communications, and stakeholder relations gained from her municipal service, consultancy projects, and federal leadership staff positions in the United States Senate, as a presidential appointee in the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), and in national political and public policy/campaign initiatives.