Leslie Barkemeyer devotes a weekend each month to the New Leaders Council (NLC), a non-profit that works to train and empower young political entrepreneurs across the country. She founded the NLC Chicago Chapter, has led the DC Chapter, and is on the national NLC Board. She also works with Energy Mavens to host fundraisers for energy non-profits such as Solar Sisters, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to eradicating energy poverty in Africa by empowering African women entrepreneurs.