Leslie Pinson

Director of Business Engagement

Leslie Pinson is the Director of Business Engagement for Downtown South Bend (DTSB). A Texas native with family ties to South Bend, she moved here in 2013 to get her MBA at the University of Notre Dame. During the 2 year program, Leslie fell in love with the small town charm and big city opportunities unique to South Bend and chose to stay after graduating in 2015.

In her role with DTSB, Leslie is able to combine her passion for non-profits with her education and corporate experience in order to help downtown businesses grow. She is a connector, collaborator, storyteller, small business champion and a self proclaimed "cheerleader for South Bend" - in her spare time, Leslie teaches classes at Pure Barre South Bend, rollerblades with her pug, Elijah, and throws pep rallies for the City. 

Leslie has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Texas Tech University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.