Leslie Gold, MBA

Creating Community and Building Self Worth through Shared Accomplishment

Leslie is an RRCA-certified running coach who specializes in training the newly sober. She began this second career in 2013 as the volunteer coach of a Los Angeles marathon team comprised of residents, alumni, and community supporters of a West Los Angeles residential addiction treatment program. Since then Leslie has helped hundreds in their first year of sobriety cross the finish line of the Los Angeles Marathon, as well as dozens of shorter distance runs. Inspired by the many participants who described the experience as life-changing and critical to their long-term sobriety, she started Strides in Recovery to bring the healing power of goal-oriented group training to other recovery communities.

Before starting Strides in Recovery in 2018, Leslie spent three decades leading clinical and financial performance improvement projects, implementing decision support solutions, and developing evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for hospitals across the US. She holds an MBA from UCLA and a BA from the University of Virginia. An avid runner, she has completed 50Ks, marathons, and numerous shorter events and is an avid cyclist.