A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Leslie Hayden currently serves as Acting Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna.
Prior to her assignment at UNVIE, Leslie served as the Foreign Policy Advisor to Special Operations Command, CENTRAL, in Tampa, Florida. Leslie served as a consular officer in Moscow, Russia; Political-Economic Chief in Rangoon, Burma; Chief of External Political and Political–Military Affairs in New Delhi, India, and as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Leslie also served as Special Assistant to Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, and as the Russia Director at the National Security Council in the George W. Bush and Obama Administrations. She is married to Lee McManis, who is also a Foreign Service Officer, and is currently serving as the Public Affairs Officer in Minsk, Belarus. Leslie and Lee are animal lovers and have been proud parents of many rescue animals during their State Department careers. They are currently parents of one rescue cat, Lady Godiva. Leslie enjoys reading, swimming, yoga, and designing jewelry in her free time. She grew up in Southern California and is an identical twin. She has a degree in Russian Language and International Relations from Brigham Young University.
Leslie is a five-time recipient of the State Department’s Superior Honor Award and was recently awarded U.S. Special Operations Command’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal for her contribution to the mission of U.S. Special Operations Forces.