Leslie Hume is chair of the Stanford University Board of Trustees and the first was Jane Lathrop Stanford, elected in 1903. The board has 31 members and is the custodian of the university's $17 billion endowment and all of its properties. The board administers invested funds, sets policies and approves the university's annual budget. Hume has been a member of the board since 2000. She is also a member of the executive committee of the Stanford Challenge, a fund-raising campaign, and she and her husband, George Hume, were vice-chairs of the Stanford Campaign for Undergraduate Education.
Hume received a master's degree in 1971 and a doctorate in 1979 from Stanford, both in history. While a doctorate student at Stanford, Hume taught a course on the history of women in 19th century England, France and the United States at the Center for Research on Women, which was founded in 1974.
Hume has served leadership roles in several community organizations, including the San Francisco Day School, San Francisco Opera Association, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the San Francisco Foundation and the Breakthrough Collaborative. Her husband, George Hume, is a former member of the Stanford Board of Trustees.
Their son, Parker, graduated from Stanford in 2000. Their daughter, Lilah, is a junior at Yale.