Leslie Cook-Knerr believes in a philosophy of abundance, a key principle that guides her work. Through her work with the Lake County Community Fund in Leadville, Leslie strives to inspire the best in others and in her community, helping to creatively connect resources to the many opportunities that exist to improve the quality of life for all Lake County community members.
Both inside and outside of her community, Leslie works to raise awareness of the many challenges facing people living in rural areas and the opportunities that exist to address those challenges.
Leslie’s worked previously at Lake County Build a Generation in Leadville and currently serves on Colorado’s Fifth Judicial District Nominating Commission and as a Commissioner on Colorado’s Health Equity Commission. She is a graduate of the El Pomar Foundation’s Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program and of the OMNI Institute’s Leadership Practicum, and she is a certified Family Leadership Training Institute Facilitator.
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 11. Leslie now lives, works and plays in Leadville with her husband, three-year-old son and infant daughter.