Leslie Marie Cannon
Community Engagement Specialist, Be the Match

Leslie Marie Cannon is passionate about serving her community and developing progressive change through social engagement. She currently works for Be the Match as a community engagement specialist and is responsible for educating the community on ethnic diversity, sickle-cell and how blood cancers affect people of color at a higher rate. She has extensive experience in HIV and AIDS awareness, equal LGBT rights and undocumented immigration.

Through her work in HIV and AIDS, Leslie Marie won Best Documentary at the New York AIDS Film Festival with her piece, Road to Hope. Shortly thereafter, she entered an online competition for MTV's HIV awareness month and her PSA, Does HIV Look Like Me? aired on the network after winning the nationwide search. After the success of her documentary work, Leslie Marie moved to the Island of Chania, Greece to finish her teaching hours and complete her teaching certification at Via Lingua International receiving her LRN Level 5 Certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Once back in the United States, Leslie Marie began working with the Human Rights Campaign, specifically the Matthew Shepard Act also known as the Hate Crimes Prevention Act which was passed and signed in to office by President Obama on October 28th, 2009. Her next project was, Undocumented which focused on immigration and aired throughout the country and locally at the Angelika Theater in Dallas, Texas. After this experience, Leslie Marie realized first-hand how public policy can impact local communities and continues to champion for involvement and inclusion within ethnically diverse neighborhoods at City Council and Dallas ISD School Board meetings.

In her spare time, Leslie Marie can be found volunteering through canvassing or cutting turf for local and state politicians. In her previous role, she was the volunteer coordinator for Eric Johnson for Mayor and helped unite the City of Dallas in electing the first Dallas native African American Mayor.