Leslie Colwell has served as the Vice President of Education Initiatives at the Colorado Children’s Campaign since 2014, leading the Children’s Campaign’s work to improve education in the state of Colorado. Leslie began her career teaching sixth grade math and earth science in Los Angeles, where she also worked on Teach For America’s national alumni team. In 2011, Leslie returned to her home state of Colorado to work in the state legislature, where she managed coalition work for successful education legislation (such as Colorado’s READ Act and the ASSET bill) and developed and directed a policy fellowship for educators for three summers. Leslie also worked at the Keystone Policy Center, where she initiated and facilitated the first education-focused stakeholder engagement work that Keystone had ever done. She serves on the boards of the Colorado Latino Leadership, Research & Advocacy Organization (CLLARO), the country’s oldest Hispanic/Latino-serving organization, and two organizations focused on collective impact in Denver and beyond, Denver Metro Community Impact and The Civic Canopy. Leslie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from American University in Washington, D.C. and a teaching credential from the University of California – Los Angeles.
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 and the fact that my entire family is nearby.
If You Were A Car, What Kind You Would Be: My first car, a 1993 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 The Children's Campaign: 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 (maybe we’ll get back to this someday, post-COVID?) or lounging in the back yard with aforementioned New Yorker
Favorite Colorado Getaway: La Veta or Salida/Buena Vista
Night Owl or Early Bird: Early Bird
Thing You Can’t Live Without: Exercise/movement
Talent You Would Most Like To Have: Any form of musicianship at the virtuoso level.
Your Motto: Les(s) is more.