Leslie Cook-Knerr believes all people should have full and equal access to opportunities that enable them to lead healthy lives. Through her work in Leadville/Lake County, Leslie strives to build community engagement and empower residents of Lake County to pursue lasting, positive change for themselves and the community. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Lake County Community Fund, in addition to volunteering with multiple Lake County groups, and cares for her two young children. Both inside and outside of her community, Leslie works to raise awareness of the many challenges that
afflict the health of people living in rural areas and the opportunities that exist to address those challenges.
Prior to her work in Leadville/Lake County, Leslie advocated for more equitable trade and labor policies in Nicaragua with Witness for Peace and worked to address widespread discrimination through community-based policy advocacy in California with the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley. She has also worked as a case manager serving senior citizens and understands – both personally and professionally – the obstacles facing low-income Coloradans as they attempt to pursue healthier lives. Leslie received a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University and is fluent in Spanish. A military brat accustomed to frequent moves growing up, Leslie has visited 49 U.S. States and lived in eleven. She now lives, works and plays in Leadville with her husband, son and daughter.