Who Is Leslie Waters
Leslie Waters is currently Mayor (2012-2016) of the City of Seminole, a city of 19,000 citizens with a budget of $15 million. Waters is a member of the Pinellas County Mayor’s Council, the Suncoast League of Cities, the Florida League of Cities and the Florida League of Mayors.
Waters is an International Democracy Consultant and Trainer, having received many assignments since 2004 through the International Republican Institute (IRI), located in Washington D.C. to conduct training abroad. She has conducted democracy training with candidates and elected officials in Indonesia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Jordan, South Sudan, Bosnia-Herzegovina (twice), Egypt, Somaliland, and East Africa. Leslie has given scores of keynote presentations on her experiences with “Enhancing Democracy Worldwide” to professional, civic and political organizations.
Waters is an Adjunct Political Science Professor formerly at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and, since 2013, at Eckerd College. She teaches “Practical Politics” with a focus on “Campaigning in the 21st Century,” as well as “Urban Politics and Government,” covering local and state government from City Hall to the Halls of the State Capitol.
Waters is a Political Campaign Coach, Political Grassroots Motivational Speaker, and communication skills facilitator, with experience as a state and federal lobbyist, in Tallahassee and Washington DC. Her experience to energize the bottom-line through effective political action, effective legislative advocacy and through winning election results, has always been the focus of her consulting firm.
Women’s Democracy Network Council, Member – During the first quarter of 2013, Waters was appointed one of eighteen American women to serve on the Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) Council, an initiative of the International Republican Institute (IRI), headquartered in Washington DC. The WDN network is active in sixty-one countries and conducts training in democracy and leadership around the world. By connecting women to resources and to their counterparts around the world, they learn new skills to help build thriving communities for their families and lasting democracies for their people.