Leslie Alexandre, DrPH

President & CEO

As President and CEO of Life Science Washington (LSW) and Executive Director of the LSW Institute, Dr. Alexandre leads the development and execution of strategies to strengthen Washington state’s life science industry and build ecosystem vibrancy. A 30-year veteran of the health care and life science industries, Dr. Alexandre received her Doctor of Public Health from UCLA. Her career includes leadership roles in companies ranging in size from startup to Fortune 500, prominent research institutions and non-profit organizations.

As President and CEO of the internationally renowned North Carolina Biotechnology Center from 2002-2007, Dr. Alexandre championed the development and execution of New Jobs Across North Carolina: A Strategic Plan for Growing the Economy Statewide through Biotechnology,” resulting in tens of millions of dollars of new State investment in biotechnology education, research, and company creation and thousands of new jobs. She previously served as Assistant Director of Industrial Relations for the National Cancer Institute, Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Oncormed, and in senior health policy positions for two U.S. senators.

Dr. Alexandre is the recipient of numerous business awards and other honors and has extensive experience serving on corporate, academic and non-profit boards. She currently serves as a non-voting member of the LSW Board and on the boards of the Andy Hill Cancer Research (CARE) Fund and the Technology Alliance. She also represents the life science sectors on the Career Connect Washington Industry Advisory Board.