Lesley Searcy

Chief External Relations Officer, Step Up for Students


For more than 20 years, Lesley has provided transformational, executive leadership to large-scale nonprofits. At Step Up For Students, Lesley leads the fundraising, policy, and state partnership teams. Her experience in aligning boards, donors, employees, and communities to a mission has helped to build strong, outcome-based nonprofits. Additionally, her entrepreneurial vision has helped create social enterprises and diverse funding streams for multiple organizations. Lesley is a veteran in public affairs, developing critical relationships with media and elected officials leading successful policy results. Lesley earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Alabama and a Master of Arts in Public and Private Management from Birmingham-Southern College. She is also a John Maxwell certified speaker, trainer, and coach.