Leslie Ann Jackson

President and CEO

Leslie Ann Jackson became the first President and CEO of Camber Foundation in 2022, leading the foundation’s growth and establishment as an emerging philanthropic entity in North Carolina. Working closely with the Camber Board of Directors, Leslie Ann is charged with building the organization and cultivating a philanthropic strategy that will continue to shape the foundation’s purpose and mission.   

Leslie Ann brings more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, which she now applies at Camber to stewardship of Foundation resources, development of strategy, leadership of the Camber team, engagement with community, and collaboration with local, statewide, and regional partners.

Leslie Ann previously served as the Vice President of Community Investment and Engagement at NC Community Foundation, where she led teams across the state responsible for community leadership, grantmaking, and donor engagement. Over more than a decade there, Leslie Ann designed thoughtful pathways for individuals, groups, corporations, and a statewide network of affiliate foundations to realize philanthropic goals through grants and scholarships. She also gained unique experience in philanthropy in Eastern North Carolina, developing several initiatives specific to this region, particularly in disaster relief and recovery. Before entering philanthropy in 2011, Leslie Ann worked in child mental health in Maryland and North Carolina.

A proud Demon Deacon, Leslie Ann earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wake Forest University, followed by graduate studies in psychology at College of William & Mary. She obtained a nonprofit management certificate at Duke University and a certificate of diversity and inclusion from Cornell University. 

Leslie Ann is an alumna of Leadership North Carolina, Class XXV, and she serves on several nonprofit boards in her community. Otherwise, you will find Leslie Ann admiring local artwork, reading a book from her ever-growing list, hosting a gathering of family and friends, or relaxing somewhere by the water.

cam·ber | \ ˈkam-bər \ A positive, upward curve built into the beam of a bridge intended to distribute the load.