Leslie Pool

Austin, Texas

Council Member Pool is in her second term representing District 7 on the Austin City Council. She has a deep history of civic involvement in the nearly 40 years she’s lived in Austin. Her council appointments include chairing the Austin Energy Utility Oversight Committee, and the Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Plan Coordinating Committee. She serves on the Audit and Finance Committee, as well as two ad hoc Council committees on Legislative Affairs and the Judiciary, is a trustee of the City of Austin Employees Retirement System and represents the Council on the Hate Crimes Task Force of the Anti-Defamation League.

Before being elected to the City Council in 2014, Pool worked for elected officials at the federal, state and local levels and for the National Wildlife Federation. She was appointed to a variety of positions in the Austin and Travis County community, from the City’s Arts Commission, Water-Wastewater Commission, Telecom Commission and Downtown Commission, to two separate bond committees for Travis County and one for the City of Austin.

Her community involvement includes long-time membership in numerous local Democratic, environmental, and preservation organizations like the Sierra Club, Preservation Austin, Save Our Springs Alliance, and the Executive Board of Liveable City. She is an avid proponent of libraries, art in public places, public schools, neighborhoods, and all opportunities that connect children with nature. Any effort that reduces how much time is spent looking at screens or on social media is a win in her eyes.

Council Member Pool attended graduate school at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in the mid-career master’s degree program, and was a member of Leadership Austin’s class of 1998-1999.

Leslie and Will Grover live in Austin’s Rosedale neighborhood. Her daughter, Emily, grew up in Austin and now lives and works in New York City.

Leslie Pool will be speaking at:

Parks, Public Space, and Nature: Emerging Strategies to Promote Health, Active Living, and Learning

- 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM ,

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