Leslie Colwell serves as the Vice President of K-12 Education Initiatives, leading the Campaign’s work to improve education in the state of Colorado. Before joining the Children’s Campaign in August of 2014, Leslie worked to facilitate partnerships and produce policy agreements, especially in the area of education as an Associate at The Keystone Center. Her professional experience includes working as Legislative Director for State Senator Mike Johnston, managing his education policy portfolio (including his office’s work on HB12-1238, Colorado’s READ Act, and SB13-033, ASSET), and directing a policy fellowship for educators for three summers. Leslie has also worked on Teach For America’s alumni team, and before that taught 6th grade Math and Earth Science as a TFA corps member at Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School in Los Angeles. She currently serves on the board of the Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy & Research Organization (CLLARO) and on the steering committee of the Colorado Afterschool Partnership.
Things You May Not Know:Hometown: Littleton, CO
College: American University, BA
Major: Political Science and Public Communication
Favorite Children's Book: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Favorite Thing About Life In Colorado: The abundance of outdoor activity that is possible in 300+ days of sunshine.
If You Were A Car, What Kind You Would Be: My first car, a 1993 Rockies Edition Pathfinder: practical, reliable, can have fun anywhere.
Biggest Pet Peeve: Hard/non-spreadable butter – why even bother if it’s not room temperature?
Dream Job: Middle School Principal (maybe someday)
Job You Wouldn't Do In A Million Years: Anything that requires close interaction with cats.
Best Thing About Working At CCC: My thoughtful/driven/hilarious colleagues, who all care deeply about what’s best for kids.
Your Greatest Extravagance: An entire Saturday of non-stop New Yorker reading.
Most Likely to Be Found on a Slow Friday Afternoon: Enjoying a beverage on a sunny patio with friends or lounging in City Park with aforementioned New Yorker.
Favorite Colorado Getaway: La Veta
Night Owl or Early Bird: Early Bird
Thing You Can’t Live Without: My friends.
Talent You Would Most Like To Have: Any form of musicianship at the virtuoso level.
Your Motto: Les(s) is more.