Leslie Hamada

Meet Leslie

Meet Leslie


Leslie Hamada retired from a corporate communications career and has since focused on giving back to the South King County community. For the past ten years she has directed the Emergency Assistance program for the Kent United Methodist Church, helping our lower income neighbors during times of crisis. She has served on the Interfaith Taskforce working on solutions to the issues involving and surrounding homelessness. Leslie is also a founding member of KentHOPE, a day center for homeless women and children. Leslie, along with her husband, founded the Kent East Hill Boxing Club, an amateur boxing club for youth. The club focuses on promoting leadership, citizenship, conditioning, community service and the sweet science of boxing. For the past 6 years, Leslie has been mentoring and tutoring kids in the Kent School District through the Communities in Schools of Kent program.

In 2011, Leslie was appointed to serve on the Covington Human Services Commission and is currently serving as the Chair of the Commission.


When she isn’t volunteering in the community she enjoys spending time with her husband, kids and grand kids.


  • 2012 Covington Citizen of the Year 
  • Recipient of the “Spirit of Caring” award from Catholic Community Services
  • Recipient of the South King County Human Services award for her work in social justice and poverty
  • Recipient of an award from Governor Chris Gregoire for working on the Washington State Board of Corrections
  • Recipient of the Kiwanis Hometown Heroes award
  • Recipient of the Kent Reporter Citizen of the Year award
  • Published author of a children’s book

PTA Leadership Includes:

  • Mountlake Terrace- VP Evergreen Elementary
  • Edmonds- Meadowdale Elementary -Treasurer
  • University Place- Chambers Elementary-VP
  • Curtis Junior High-Fund Raising Chair
  • Curtis Senior High- VP
  • Regional Chair-VP