Position title: Community Training Lead
Lesley is the Program Director for the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute (HWLI) at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Lesley has been providing coaching, training and technical assistance to build leadership capacity for HWLI communities since 2008. She works with coalitions across Wisconsin to address root causes of inequities, and center leadership of those most impacted to advance health and health equity. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Lesley served as the Sales Manager for Homegrown Wisconsin Cooperative. In this role, she supported Wisconsin organic vegetable growers as a liaison to chefs in Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison and organized communities to develop localized food systems. Lesley’s work is rooted in social justice and analyzing relationships and systems of power to promote social change. Lesley’s program interests are the social determinants of health and health equity; grassroots community organizing; strategic planning and implementation of public health policy. Lesley also serves on the board of directors for GSAFE, dedicated to creating school communities where LGBTQ+ students can thrive.