Leslie J. Sawyer, President and Chief Executive Officer

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Leslie J. Sawyer is President and CEO of EDI. A member of the EDI Board of Directors since 1998, Ms. Sawyer assumed ownership and control of the firm, taking the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in August 2016. In 2019, she assumed the role of President and CEO.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, she brought more than 30 years of executive experience to EDI, and has an extensive background in policy development and program design, management, and implementation. Ms. Sawyer is a highly experienced executive with extensive experience in policy development and program design, management, and implementation particularly in the areas of public health, human services, higher education administration, college access, and workforce development and training. She excels at providing vision, strategic direction, and guidance to staff and programs to achieve desired outcomes and ensure project growth through analysis, process enhancement initiatives and procurement of grants and other external support.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois. Ms. Sawyer also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Communication from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico.

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