District 1: Leslie Grant
Leslie Grant grew up just east of downtown Atlanta in Tucker, GA, graduated from Shamrock High School in DeKalb County, studied at: Berry College, Rome, GA as a charter member of the Chick-Fil-A WinShape Center scholarship program; Laval University, Quebec City, Quebec; the College of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA and the Cooper Union, New York, NY. Leslie worked in the offices of John Portman & Associates, Atlanta, GA, and in New York City for Peter Eisenman and Associates, architect Faruk Yorgancioglu, and Flatiron District photographer, Alan Kaplan.
Upon returning to Atlanta in 1993, Leslie worked in the commercial film industry as a location scout and location manager on various film and video projects including Bud Greenspan's Olympic Official Film in 1996.
Leslie and her husband Don have lived in Historic Grant Park since 1995 and have two children, Lucy and Will, who have attended Atlanta Public Schools since kindergarten. Leslie was involved in the startup of both the Neighborhood Charter School in Grant Park (now the K-8, Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School) and the Grant Park Cooperative Preschool and has served on the boards of both.
Leslie is the founder, creator and President of a small business focused on raising healthy kids from scratch, called Chickin Feed. She has volunteered in schools throughout Georgia, served as an advocate of eating REAL FOOD, Farm to School programs through work with Georgia Organics, Atlanta Farm to School, the Grant Park Farmers Market and other organizations.
In 2010, Leslie joined with a group of parents to advocate for a more rigorous high school offering for families in southeast Atlanta. This advocacy group, now known as SEACS (Southeast Atlanta Communities for Schools) builds awareness and educational community to better support all of the schools in SE Atlanta.
In advance of her daughter’s attendance at Jackson High, Leslie served on the Local School Council at Jackson, worked to support “big-picture” thinking during the renovation so that the finished space would include classrooms for the orchestra and drama programs; championed the successful implementation of the International Baccalaureate Programme; and has worked to develop an innovative environmental science/urban agriculture program.
The Grants are long-time members of Morningside Presbyterian Church.