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Contact Leslie Howard
Listener Candidate for the KPFA Local Station Board
For me, Pacifica Radio is essential. I have not been able to find any other media source with the same variety of programming, depth of subject matter, and stellar reporting. As a board member, I will bring my fundraising experience toward putting Pacifica Radio on sound financial ground so that it can increase listenership. I have energy, I have political experience living and working in both rural and urban California (Central Valley, Bay Area, and NYC), I have fund-raising experience, and I am committed to the values that Pacific espouses.

Throughout my varied professional life, I have cultivated many of the skills it takes to work as a board member. As top sales representative in New York City for a leading high end furniture manufacturer, my sales were nearly two million dollars annually. As the founder and owner of a yoga studio in SOMA, San Francisco, I oversaw the construction and the day-to-day management of operations. Life brought me to the Central Valley between 2004 and 2010 where I served as President of the Democratic Club in Modesto, CA and was an elected delegate for Obama in 2008. Upon returning to Oakland, I joined forces with Flip the House. We raised over $750,000 for Congressional Candidates in 2018 by hosting a series of small house parties. In 2020, our group now Flip the Vote, created a community of over 13,000 informed and committed supporters, held 135 house parties, and raised over $6.5 million for eight voter registration and mobilization organizations who worked in key districts in key swing states (for example Milwaukee in Wisconsin). This was crucial to Biden and Harris’ decisive victory. Although I identify as a democratic socialist I believe that the right strategy for now (due to the realities of the two party system) is to change the Democratic party from within, while employing smart tactics to avoid GOP authoritarian rule in the near future.

A student and nationally known teacher of Iyengar-based yoga for over 25 years, I developed a system of yoga that focuses on pelvic health. The efficacy of my method, Pelvic Floor Yoga,TM to alleviate symptoms of incontinence and pelvic pain, is currently being studied in two clinical trials at UCSF. In 2017, I authored a book on yoga and pelvic health. I speak at health centered conferences and, pre-covid, taught regularly in Tokyo, Taipei, and London.

I am committed to inclusivity and racial justice. I have worked with the LGBQIA community and Standing Up for Racial Justice to include learning modules in the yoga trainings that I oversee that teach people how to be teachers.

If you vote for me you will get someone that cares deeply about freedom of the press and voices of dissent, someone with fundraising experience, someone who knows the disparate political cultures of rural vs urban America. I will work hard to help keep the voice of Pacifica alive and well. If you have any questions for me, email me at

Answers to Candidate Questionnaire
1. What experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the local station board to advance the station's mission?
  Deeply caring focused attention to keeping KPFA alive and well. I have fundraising experience, business experience, political experience and am good at innovating new strategies to old problems.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  The diversity of programming and the intellectual depth of many of the shows is unparalleled.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  More focus on ways to get a bigger audience and a multiplicity of fundraising events.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  Solvency, increasing membership/ listenership/social media presence, to have a deep knowledge of the issues that challenge KPFA and how to protect it.
5. Sustainability is an important part of any nonprofit operation. What are your thoughts on how the board can help to improve the station's financial footing?
  Diversification of fundraising strategies, can we take donations that are not just cash and cars, can we sponsor more events when safe to do so, can we find more patrons, can we apply for grants. These are just some random thoughts that may have been tried but I need more information and that is one of the reasons I am running for the board.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  no addition
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