LESLIE DURGIN has served as the executive director of numerous non-profit organizations in her career in human services and public policy. Her most recent positions include Director of Government Relations at Tierney, Paul and Lawrence (formerly Heizer Paul LLP), a law firm in Denver and Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Communications and Community Development at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. Previous executive leadership positions include Director of the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Foundation and Vice-President of External Affairs, the Boulder County Civic Forum, Collage Children’s Museum, the Colorado Chautauqua Association, Boulder County United Way, the Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center, and Development for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She was an executive in several human services, planning and labor departments in Colorado State Government for many years. She has served on numerous non-profit Boards of Directors in Denver and Boulder, currently is Vice-President of the American Civil Liberties Union-Colorado, and sits on the Wilson College Board of Trustees and the Boulder Housing Partners Foundation Board. Durgin became a member of the Boulder (Colorado) City Council in 1989, and was elected Mayor in 1990, a position she held untill997. Under her leadership, the City of Boulder greatly expanded its programs to serve unmet community needs particularly in housing, human services and transportation; redefined the future of the physical development of the community; and significantly expanded open lands owned by the community both in Open Space and in Parks and Recreation.
She has an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Wilson College in Pennsylvania, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, and completed the State and Local Government Leadership program at the Kennedy School at Harvard University. She has lived in Boulder, Colorado since 1972 and is married to John Samuel Fitch (Sam), Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Colorado in Boulder. They have two grown sons and two grandchildren.