Tim Leshan is the vice president for government relations at Northeastern University, where he manages the University's federal and state legislative policy agendas. He serves as the University's liaison to lawmakers and regulators, including research-funding agencies from which Northeastern faculty receive grants.
Leshan joined Northeastern from Brown University, where he was director of government relations and community affairs. While at Brown, Leshan worked to enhance the university's interactions with elected officials, developed public-private partnerships, and strengthened faculty interactions with funding agencies.
Previously, Leshan served as branch chief and senior policy analyst in the policy and program analysis branch of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health. He also served as the director of public policy for the American Society for Cell Biology where he cofounded the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR), which advocates for federal funding for stem cell research. He has also worked for both Duke University and the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Leshan is a graduate of Vassar College, and has a master's degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.