Leslie Finlay, MPA

location-pin Koh Tao, Thailand

School: O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bl

Expertise: Leslie is a science writer covering health, nutrition, fitness, mental health, sustainability, and the environment.

Leslie Finlay, MPA

  • Leslie has 13 years of experience writing for publications, brands, and organizations, with an emphasis on health and the environment. 
  • She consulted for the World Wildlife Fund on community health and resource conservation programs and the UNEP Asia Pacific Clean Air Partnership. 
  • Leslie has a master’s degree in public policy and is working toward a graduate certificate in nutrition science from Stanford Medical School. 


Leslie is a health, wellness, and sustainability writer with more than a decade of experience. She’s written for The Healthy since 2021, and her work has also appeared in Buzzfeed News, Fodor’s, WebMD, The Atlantic, The Culture Trip, and more. Leslie holds a master’s degree in public policy, focusing on the intersection of environmental conservation and public health. She’s based in Thailand, where she founded a marine conservation program, worked as a scientific research diver, and consulted for organizations like the World Wildlife Fund and the United Nations Environment Programme. 


Indiana University Bloomington, MPA, 2020 Penn State University, BA, Journalism and International Studies, 2010