Leslie Levinson. Photo courtesy of The San Diego Foundation
Leslie Levinson has joined The San Diego Foundation as vice president and chief financial officer. Her responsibilities include oversight of all financial, administrative, facilities and information technology operations at The Foundation, as well as serving as the organizational ambassador and liaison to external constituencies on finance-related issues.
Levinson works with the Finance and Audit Committees, senior staff, auditors, and professional volunteers to establish, administer and monitor internal controls, operating budget, cash control, information technology systems and annual audit.
Prior to joining The San Diego Foundation, Levinson served as executive vice president, chief operating officer and CFO for six years at Pierce Education Properties LP, a real estate investment and development firm serving educational institutions and communities.
She also served as CFO for nine years at the San Diego State University (SDSU) Research Foundation, a self-financed, nonprofit, auxiliary organization to further the educational, research, and community service missions of SDSU. Here she oversaw an annual budget of approximately $180 million, including nearly 1 million square feet of real estate valued at more than $100 million.
She additionally served as the CFO and senior vice president at Flagship Bank FSB, as well as at the bank's holding company and four real estate subsidiaries.
Levinson is a member and president of the California Ballet Association board of directors and its executive committee. Additionally, she is a member of the board of directors and audit committee for Walden Family Services. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and accounting from SDSU, and is a certified public accountant.