Leslie Rathjens joined Hart Research in 2001. She works primarily with the firm’s nonprofit and private-sector clients, leading projects relating to membership and stakeholder communications, brand image and reputation, and issue management. Her clients span a range of subject areas and industries, from higher education, healthcare, and the environment, to aerospace, banking, pharmaceuticals, and automotive. Higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations Leslie has worked with while at Hart Research include Harvard University, Brown University, The Ohio State University, Emory University, Bucknell University, Duke University, Franklin & Marshall College, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Fannie Mae Foundation, SHRM, Union Plus, the Fair Labor Association, City Harvest, the Peace Corps, Smart Growth America, and the US Fund for UNICEF. Her private-sector clients have included Baxter, Medtronic, Boeing, 3M, GM, McAfee, Citi, MasterCard, and Travelers.
Before joining Hart Research, Leslie was director of primary research at PC Data, a supplier of Internet audience measurement data and online surveys. Previous to that, she served as the director of marketing research at Time Life, Inc., a direct marketing subsidiary of Time Warner. Leslie received her master’s degree in business administration from Cornell University and her Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College.
Claire Graebner is Leslie Rathjens’s assistant.