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Leslie Mattingly

Leslie Mattingly

Leslie Davisson Mattingly is an attorney, mediator, advocate for environmental and historic preservation, and musician. Throughout her career, she has been active in a large variety of civic and charitable issues, including civil rights and child abuse prevention. She has been involved with mentoring and tutoring programs for at-risk youth, and conflict resolution/mediation for adults and children.

For over a decade, she served the court system in Madison, Indiana. She was a Master Commissioner, Assistant Judge and Judge Pro Tem. She is married to former United States Senator Mack Mattingly, Georgia (R), and the Co-Chair with former Senator Bill Bradley, New Jersey (D), of the Harbor Conservancy's Federal Hall Senatorial Planning Committee. Its founding members include other former senators invited from the 13 states represented at the First Federal Congress.

She currently serves as a trustee of the Georgia Conservancy and has served as a member of the Advisory Council of the St. Simons Island Land Trust since 2004. She also was on its Greenspace Advisory Committee, helping to develop long-term plans and goals for sustainable growth within the context of rapid development of the fragile coastal marsh environment on St. Simons Island. In 2013, she was appointed to the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico's Advisory Council.

From 2003-2012, she served on the Coastal Marshlands and Shore Protection Committees of the Georgia's Department of Natural Resources. In 2001, Ms. Mattingly also served as a member of President George W. Bush's committee to interview and recommend nominees for positions of Federal Judge, U.S. Attorney, and Federal Marshall from the State of Georgia.

She was the founding president of the Coastal Symphony of Georgia Society and served as a member and officer of its board. Ms. Mattingly was a member of Rotary International from 1991 until 2006 and has twice served as president and is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.

She spearheaded the massive historic preservation endeavor in Anderson, Indiana sparking a community-wide preservation and restoration effort and served on numerous boards and organizations in the state for over 15 years.

Ms. Mattingly holds both a B.S. degree, in Business Administration ('80), and a J.D. degree, in Law ('84), from Drake University. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Business Law at Anderson University. She is certified in Domestic and Civil Mediation, and Arbitration in Georgia.

She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including recognition by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the Most Influential Georgians, and the City of Anderson, Indiana's Key Award, their highest honor. Ms. Mattingly is a vocalist of classical music and has performed as soprano soloist with the Coastal Symphony Orchestra of Georgia.

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"Federal Hall and Ellis Island. Though my heart lies in nature, history teaches, develops character, inspires courage and commitment, and provides wisdom."

The National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy is a public-private partnership with the National Parks of New York Harbor and sanctioned as its primary partner under a U.S. Department of the Interior Friends Group Agreement.