Public Finance Pennsylvania


140 South Village Avenue, Suite 10
Exton, PA 19341


4811 Jonestown Road, Suite 222
Harrisburg, PA 17109

Leslie L. Bear Leslie L. Bear
Managing Director & Branch Manager

Les manages Baird’s Exton Public Finance office and has more than 24 years of public finance experience, specializing in school district general obligation debt issuance and investment services. He has spoken before numerous state and national conventions on debt management and investments.
Audrey Bear Audrey S. Bear
Vice President

Audrey Bear joined Baird in 2008 and currently serves as the Vice President of the Pennsylvania Public Finance Group.  She has served many Pennsylvania issuers since 2000 specializing in general obligation financing.  Audrey assists various types of issuers with all aspects of the financing process. 

Prior to joining Baird, Audrey served as a financial analyst with Arthurs, Lestrange & Company, Inc. in the Exton, Pennsylvania office.  Audrey continued broadening her public finance experience with Ferris, Baker Watts when Arthurs was acquired by Ferris in 2006.

Audrey graduated cum laude from Shippensburg University with a Bachelor of Science and with honors from Penn State University earning a Master’s in Business Administration.   Audrey is licensed through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as a Municipal Securities Representative (Series 52) and a Uniform Securities Agent (Series 63).