Jack Leslie
Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie, former chairman of Weber Shandwick, has joined Duke University as a senior visiting fellow at the Duke Global Health Institute and the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy.

His role is to develop an inititiave to increase trust in public health, which suffered a big hit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Jack has been a pioneer in bringing a broad base of stakeholders together to work to solve leading, complex health challenges. His passionate commitment to health equity, demonstrated through his years of public and private sector contributions on this consequential issue, will inform his valuable contributions to Duke and this initiative to advance public health locally, nationally, and globally,” Mark McClellan, founding director of the Margolis Center, said in a statement.

Leslie noted that trust in public health has been significantly undermined during the COVID-19 pandemic. He called DGHI and the Margolis Center leaders in global health and health policy that can harness the resources and talent needed to address this important issue.

President Obama appointed Leslie, who was legislative aide to Sen. Ted Kennedy, chair of the U.S. African Development Foundation in 2009. Leslie also chairs the board of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

The nearly 40-year veteran of Weber Shandwick, remains a senior advisor at the Interpublic unit.