Representative Leslie Herod broke down barriers when she became the first LGBTQ+ Black person elected to the Colorado legislature. As a legislator and community leader she has championed legislation to directly improve the lives of all Coloradans. Leslie's work focuses on equity in all sectors, be it improving the health outcomes of BIPOC people, to building generational wealth, Leslie believes that all people deserve the opportunity to thrive. From working with both community members and law enforcement to champion the STAR Program - an alternative policing program to deploy trained mental health workers and paramedics to respond to 911 calls involving mental health crises and substance misuse - to developing the Caring for Denver ballot initiative, which has raised over $100 million for Denver mental health organizations, Leslie brings people together to get real results that improve the lives of people in the community.
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