Leslie Ward, the president of AT&T Texas, works closely with community and business leaders, elected officials and others at AT&T to continue bringing the most advanced communications and entertainment technologies and services to the state’s communities. Leslie was appointed to her current position in December 2018.
A native Texan, Leslie began her career in telecommunications in 1989 before joining AT&T, then SBC, in 1998. She has been ranked as one of the top corporate lobbyists in Texas since the inception of the ranking system by Capitol Inside.
Leslie holds a B.A. in Political Science, having attended Texas Tech University and St. Edward’s University. In addition, she completed work in corporate community relations at Boston College.
Leslie currently serves as the chair of the Texas Cultural Trust and is a member of the executive committee of the Texas Taxpayers Association. She also is a member of the boards of directors for the Texas Tech Foundation, the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute, the Texas Department of Public Safety Foundation and the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas and sits on ZACH Theatre’s board of trustees. Leslie is also a sustaining member of the Austin Junior League.
In 2014, Leslie was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to chief executive officer for the Texas Economic Development Corporation, where she proudly served under both Governor Perry and former Governor Greg Abbott during her term. Leslie also serves on the executive committee for the Texas Civil Justice League and serves on the boards of directors for Dress for Success and the Texas Book Festival.
Leslie lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband Don. They have three children.