LESLIE BERNARD JOSEPH
Coney Island Prep Charter School
Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Queens, Leslie-Bernard Joseph is an educator, attorney, and social impact leader. He is the chief executive officer of Coney Island Prep, a K-12 charter school serving over 1,200 scholars across four campuses. Leslie began his career teaching fifth grade in the Bronx through Teach For America, before joining the founding team at Coney Island Prep as the school’s first Dean of Students. He has also worked as an associate at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; as an associate at the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company; and as a managing director at the Harlem Children’s Zone, where he led a portfolio of 8 programs serving approximately 4,400 students across HCZ’s K-12 pipeline. Leslie received his A.B. in Politics and African-American Studies from Princeton, where he served as both student body and Black Student Union president. He holds a J.D. with distinction from Stanford Law School and an M.Ed. from Stanford Graduate School of Education. While at Stanford, Leslie was a 2013 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. He is also an alumnus and former trustee of Prep for Prep, a non-profit organization in New York City.