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Leslie Starsoneck, M.S.W.

Leslie Starsoneck is the director of learning services at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University where she oversees the center’s educational and development offerings for foundation and nonprofit professionals.

Before joining the Johnson Center in 2020, Leslie provided consulting services to a wide variety of nonprofits, foundations, and for government agencies focusing on the assessment and enhancement of organizational and system strengths. She spent four years directing graduate nonprofit program management and public administration programs for an online campus and has worked on policy, funding and training initiatives aimed at improving the response to domestic violence, sexual assault and child maltreatment.

Leslie holds a B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York at Potsdam and a Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. She has completed the Excellence in Nonprofit Governance program series through Harvard Business School, as well as the National Association of Corporate Directors College.

Her longstanding interest and commitment to philanthropy includes founding a giving circle, serving on boards of directors, and establishing a donor-advised fund. Leslie lives in Traverse City, Mich. with her husband, Paul.

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