Leslie Valencia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (2012), Masters of City Planning (2017), and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Real Estate (2017) from the University of California Berkeley.
As an independent consultant and researcher, Leslie completed one of the most comprehensive studies on equitable cannabis policy, taking an in-depth look at Oakland's Equity permit program within its local, state and national context. This research was completed under the University of California Berkeley and in partnership with The Greenlining Institute.
She is currently working on an online academic hub and policy toolkit, titled Cannabis Equity Org, that will be launching in Spring of 2018. Leslie also holds expertise in affordable housing, community-based participatory research, sustainable design, and recycled water reuse.