Leslie Mikkelsen, MPH, RD
Leslie Mikkelsen, MPH, RD, has been with Prevention Institute since 1999. Leslie plays a crucial role in advancing the conceptual work of the organization, and she has taken the lead in developing and managing the Institute’s work in the areas of healthy eating and active living. Leslie heads a team focused on environmental and policy approaches to supporting healthy food and activity environments, with a particular emphasis on addressing inequities in communities of color and low-income communities. She develops tools and materials to support local and state initiatives and trains government agencies, foundations, and community collaboratives across the United States on environmental strategies, coalition building, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Leslie also oversees qualitative research and literature reviews, convenes researchers and practitioners to help inform policy and practice, and writes extensively. Leslie is the winner of the American Public Health Association Food and Nutrition Section 2008 Catherine Cowell Award for Excellence in Public Health Nutrition. She received her MPH from UC Berkeley.