Vice President of Programs & State Relations
Leslie Hiner directs educational programs and state relations for the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. In her work for the legacy foundation of Milton and Rose Friedman, she strives to advance the Friedman’s vision of universal school choice to improve educational outcomes and preserve individual liberty.
Prior to joining the Friedman Foundation, Leslie served as Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the House and Republican Leader in the Indiana House of Representatives, where she had also served the caucus as policy director and chief counsel. Leslie’s experience in governmental affairs includes service as general counsel and elections deputy to the Indiana Secretary of State, counsel to the State Recount Commission, and majority attorney to the President ProTempore of the Indiana State Senate.
Leslie serves on the Schools That Can National Advisory Board. She is an appointee to the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights Indiana State Advisory Committee, and also serves as an appointee to the Indianapolis City-County Ethics Commission.
Leslie’s private sector prior experience includes being a practicing attorney for over 27 years and owning a small business. Her legal experience includes being a member and past board president of the Federalist Society Indianapolis Lawyers Chapter and a member of the Indiana State Bar Association. She also served as a member of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce board of directors, Howard County United Way board of directors and allocations council (chairman), and Howard County Bar Association board of directors and secretary/treasurer.
Her education experience includes formerly serving as chairman of the board of the Irvington Community Charter School, adjunct professor at the University Of Indianapolis School Of Business, board secretary of the Forest Glen International Elementary PFO, and board member of the Kokomo Montessori Children’s House. She also attended Rostad Teachers College in Sweden, where she gained experience as a student teacher in grades 2 and 3 in Kalmar, Sweden.
Leslie is an alumna of the Lugar Series for Excellence in Public Service, past board member and treasurer of the Lawrence Township Republican Club, and she is listed in several Who’s Who publications. Leslie graduated from the College of Wooster and the University Of Akron School Of Law, both in Ohio.
Phone: (317) 681-0745