Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is serving member companies and affiliate members with upwards of 200,000 employees throughout the East Bay. The focus of the Chamber staff is building a strong economy, representing business to government and enhancing the quality of life in the Oakland region
Barbara Leslie joined the Port of Oakland Board of Port Commissioners in December 2018. She has more than 25 years’ experience in both public service and local, state and federal advocacy for business. Ms. Leslie is the President and CEO of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Leslie has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, including former service as an Assistant to the City Manager during the Brown Administration and more than a decade directing External Affairs and philanthropy for AT&T in the East Bay. Ms. Leslie has also held key public policy positions with the Oakland Association of Realtors, the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and the Port of Oakland.
In 2014 Ms. Leslie became the first woman President and CEO of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce in its 112-year history. She has represented the Chamber on a variety of civic boards including the Oakland Thrives Initiative, Oakland Safety Impact Table, Oakland Promise Advisory Board, Oakland Small Business Task Force, and the Oakland Dialogue. Ms. Leslie has served as a political appointee to the Measure X Strong Mayor Task Force, Chair of the Oakland Workforce Investment Board, Board Member for the Oakland African American Chamber Foundation, the Youth Employment Partnership as well as the Hayward, Walnut Creek, Oakland and Berkeley Chambers of Commerce.
Ms. Leslie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Economics and a Master’s in Public Administration. She has been a resident of Oakland for the past 25 years, where she and her husband have raised two children.
Public Policy Director
Aly comes to the Chamber with a background in energy policy, journalism, and education. She handles the Chamber’s public policy, economic development, and Leadership Oakland programs. Her focus is on advocacy and member awareness of issues impacting Oakland businesses and nonprofits. She graduated magna cum laude from UC Davis with degrees in political science and communication, having headed the University’s daily newspaper.
Ashleigh joined the Chamber with experience in workforce development, education policy, and strategic programming. She is responsible for supporting small and medium size businesses and partnering with workforce agencies to strengthen the City’s workforce while creating pathways to employment. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of San Francisco as well as as a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.