The Honorable Allie Leslie

deputy administrator, small business administration


A retired Navy 2- star Rear Admiral, the Honorable Althea (“Allie”) Coetzee Leslie graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1985 and subsequently received her MBA (Law) from National University, where she was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award (Criminal Law).

Ms. Leslie transitioned into the Navy Reserve in 1993. In her civilian capacity, she has worked in both the public and private sectors in municipal and state government, retail distribution, medical device manufacturing, and the Department of Defense. She has also worked as a small business owner.

She was most recently recalled to active duty in 2011 and until her confirmation served as the Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L). In this role, she facilitated the Under Secretary’s leadership of AT&L across the offices of five Assistant Secretaries of Defense, eleven directorates, and several defense agencies.