Leslie Finnigan, SR/WA, has nearly 30 years of right of way experience. She is Western Regional Manager for Universal Field Services, responsible for business development and project management for southwest Washington, the states of Oregon, Idaho, and California. She is the principal real estate broker for Universal in Oregon and California.
Prior to joining Universal in 1998, Leslie was a Project Manager and Right of Way Agent for Washington County, Oregon where she was responsible for property management, acquisition and relocation assistance and related activities from authorization to construction of numerous street and road projects. Leading up to that, she had more than ten years of experience with the Oregon Department of Transportation where she was Senior Right of Way Agent and Project Manager responsible for acquisition, relocation and property management issues for a diverse range of ODOT projects. Earlier positions with ODOT included Condemnation Liaison where, as a senior acquisition agent, her role was to work with the trial attorneys at the Department of Justice to reach settlements prior to going to court.
Leslie attended Western Oregon University, majoring in early childhood education. She trained as a mediator and received an Oregon Mediation Certificate. In addition she has attended many technical and management training programs in property acquisition, appraisal and leadership.
Leslie has been active in the IRWA since 1987, serving as Chapter 3’s Education Chair for three years and then working her way through the officer positions to become Chapter President. She served Region 7 as the Vice Chair for two years and the Region Chair from 2001-2003. Leslie has been actively involved in the International Public Agency Committee since 2004, holding the position of Vice Chair for two years and Chair the past three years. She was the IRWA Chapter 3 Professional of the Year in 1992 and 2011 and Region 7 Professional of the Year in 2011. Leslie was a finalist for the Balfour Award in 2014.