Leslie Barna

Data Science Institute

Assistant Director of Operations

Leslie joins the Data Science Institute as Assistant Director of Operations in August 2014. In her role, working closely with the Directors of Operations and of Strategic Programs, she is focused primarily on managing the administrative functions of the Institute’s academic programs and Industry Affiliates Program.
Leslie has been with Columbia University since 2010 when she started as Executive Assistant to the Vice Dean of The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. In 2011, she was promoted to Assistant Director of Academic and Faculty Affairs and in 2013 served as Department Administrator for the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering. Prior to joining the Columbia community, she spent five years in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, serving as a Support Specialist with Raymond James Financial Services and later as a Curriculum Support Specialist with St. Petersburg College, before deciding to return to her hometown of Brooklyn, New York. Leslie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from SUNY Albany.
In her spare time, Leslie enjoys Netflix binges, perfecting her golf swing, traveling, and adoring her french bulldog, Fiona.
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