Lesley Israel

Lesley Israel

Lesley L. Israel

Retired Political Consultant


Ms. Israel is a retired political consultant and the former president and CEO of Politics, Inc. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College in 1959, she began working on political campaigns, including positions as director of media advance for the 1968 and director of political intelligence for the 1972 Hubert Humphrey Presidential campaigns, and serving as director of scheduling for the Bayh for President and a special assistant to the Jackson for President campaign. After working as a coordinator on the 1980 Kennedy presidential campaign, Ms. Israel acted as senior vice president of the Kamber Group, where she remained until becoming CEO of Politics, Inc. in 1987. Since 1997, Ms. Israel has been an international elections expert for the United States Department of State and the director of the IEFS, and in 2016, she was appointed to the United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad by President Barack Obama. Ms. Israel continues to hold leadership positions in numerous political and cultural organizations and is a member of the board of the National Conference in Support of Eurasian Jewry.

Marquis Legacy Video

A Marquis video highlights Ms. Israel’s professional journey and successes.

Millennium Magazine

Ms. Israel explores her career path and inspirations in the first edition of Marquis Millennium Magazine.

Forbes Magazine

Ms. Israel was profiled as a distinguished Marquis listee in an issue of Forbes Magazine.

Lesley Israel

Wall Street Journal

Ms. Israel was featured as part of a select group of Marquis listees in the Wall Street Journal.

Lesley Israel

Marquis Milestones

Ms. Israel’s Marquis Milestones timeline celebrates significant steps in her career.

Marquis Humanitarian Award

Ms. Israel was honored with the Marquis Humanitarian Award in recognition of the impact her career has made on politics.



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