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Leslie Hiner

Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
Vice President of Programs
Indianapolis, Indiana
Leslie Hiner is Vice President of Programs at the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, where she directs the Foundation’s educational programs and collaboration with policymakers, community leaders, and partner organizations. A thirty year advocate of educational freedom, her goal is to advance school choice for all children, improving educational outcomes and preserving individual liberty.

Hiner travels the country, testifying at government hearings and speaking on education. She’s been cited in several publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, The Hill, National Review, Zman Magazine, World, Federalist Society’s DocketWatch, School Reform News, Real Clear Policy, Watchdog, and has appeared on ChoiceMediaTV, Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal podcast, David Webb Show on Sirius/XM, The Heartland Institute podcast, The Morning Blaze, The MiddleGround, Issues in Education and similar broadcasts.

Leslie is an appointee to the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights Indiana State Advisory Committee and the Indianapolis City-County Ethics Commission. She also serves on the Schools That Can National Advisory Board.

She was a founding board member of the Irvington Community Charter School, serving as chairman of the board for the first nine years.

Hiner is an attorney with extensive state legislative and executive branch experience. She was the first woman chief of staff to the Speaker of the House, counsel to the Senate President Pro Tempore, and General Counsel/Elections Deputy to the Secretary of State in Indiana. She is also a former small business owner, and former litigator in private practice.

A native of Ohio, she earned her J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law, her B.A. from the College of Wooster, and attended Rostad Teachers College in Sweden where she was a student teacher in grades 2 and 3. She and her husband reside in Indianapolis, have two grown children, three dogs, and three cats.

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