Lesley Dahlkemper

Commissioner Lesley Dahlkemper.

Term: 2019 - 2022

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Lesley Dahlkemper is a resident of south Jefferson County.  She was elected to her first four-year term in November 2018.  

Board Participation

Dahlkemper currently serves on the following boards:

  • Colorado Fire Commission, Representing Counties Statewide - East Slope
    • Data Subcommittee, Chair
    • Legislative Subcommittee
    • WUI Subcommittee
  • Chatfield Watershed Authority, Past Chair
  • Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee
  • Colorado Counties, Inc. Front Range Region, Past President
  • Colorado Counties Acting Together (CCAT)
    • Natural Resources Committee
    • Wildfire Committee
  • Jefferson County Bright Futures Initiative, Chair
  • Jefferson County Communities That Care Key Leaders
  • Jefferson County Economic Recovery Task Force (COVID-19)
  • Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation
    • Board of Directors
    • Board of Governors
  • Jefferson County Integrated Food Task Force (COVID-19) 
  • Jefferson County Wildfire Commission, Chair
  • Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority Board
  • Gateway to the Rockies Opioids Council, Chair
  • WestConnect Corridor Coalition
  • Build a Better Colorado
  • Colorado Fire Commission
    • Colorado Fire Commission Data Subcommittee, Chair
    • Colorado Fire Commission Legislative Committee
    • Colorado Fire Commission WUI Subcommittee
  • Jeffco Economic Recovery Task Force (COVID-19)
  • Jeffco Integrated Food Task Force (COVID-19)
  • Jeffco Engage Initiative, Board Member
  • National Association of Counties (NACo)
    • NACo Environment, Energy & Land Use Committee

Work Experience

Lesley’s professional career has focused on what she loves most – helping people, solving complex problems and giving back to our community. She has 30 years of combined experience in public policy, strategic communications, nonprofit leadership and journalism. Lesley has worked as a senior-level executive in both the private and nonprofit sectors on a state and national level, and served on leadership teams responsible for budgets ranging from $14 million to nearly $1 billion. As the former owner of a national award-winning communications firm, Lesley worked with clients to enhance student and teacher success. Her career began as a journalist for Colorado Public Radio where she also contributed stories to NPR, The Osgood File and the BBC. 

Most recently, Lesley served as the Vice President of Strategic Engagement and Communications for the Colorado Education Initiative, providing vision and strategy across the organization’s five initiatives. Earlier positions include leading a $6.5 million grant at the Education Commission of the States for school improvement nationwide, and working with large urban school districts and national education leaders as a senior director with a premier communications firm in Arlington, VA. Committed to enhancing her profession, Lesley also served as a vice president on the national board of the Education Writers Association and is the past president of the Colorado School Public Relations Association.  

An engaged community leader, Lesley was elected county-wide to the Jefferson County school board in 2011 and served as board president for two years. She is also a past board president of The Action Center, which promotes pathways to self-sufficiency, and she chaired the Jefferson County Boys & Girls Club Youth Investment Committee. In 2014, the West Metro Chamber named her as one of Jefferson County’s most distinguished women leaders. 

Personal Life

Originally from Chicago, Lesley moved to Denver in 1989 after obtaining her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois. Her family has called Jeffco home for 27 years. Lesley and her husband, Mike Feeley, chose to raise their daughter, Grace, in Jeffco because of its excellent schools and quality of life. Grace graduated from Lakewood High School's IB Program and now attends University of San Francisco. Mike – an attorney and former Colorado Senate Minority Leader – was elected to the West Metro Fire Board in 2018. They live in unincorporated south Jefferson County with their two rescue dogs, Peaches and Maisy. They enjoy hiking, reading and traveling.

Learn more about Commissioner Dahlkemper, her priorities and goals as she serves the citizens of Jefferson County via the video below.