Slayde is a Virginia-licensed lawyer who leads the Katoomba Group's Legal Initiative. In addition to directing Forest Trends’ efforts to develop legal guidance related to payments for ecosystem services, she provides general legal and policy support to the Forest Trends Family of Initiatives. Prior to joining Forest Trends, Slayde graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where she focused on environmental and transactional law. Previous work includes positions with the D.C. Office of the Attorney General, Earthjustice, Georgetown University Law Center Professor Lisa Heinzerling, John Echeverria of the Georgetown Environmental Law and Policy Institute, and Trexler Climate + Energy Services. Her publications include a scholarly note concerning the legality of a greenhouse gas based trade restriction, published in the Fall 2008 issue of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, and an article about a Seattle greenhouse gas offsets lawsuit, co-written with Laura Kosloff and published in the May 2006 issue of Environmental Law Reporter.