Appointed by: Chris Rogers
Term Expires: December 31, 2024
Leslie Graves is a community event organizer & producer as well as an emcee at various events such as the Santa Rosa Marathon, Peggy Sue Car Show, Earth Day on Stage, Tour de Fuzz, Live at Juilliard Park Concert Series and many more. Most recently, Leslie managed the Wednesday Night Market in Downtown Santa Rosa for 3-years (2016 – 2018) where she successfully transitioning the Market into more of a festival atmosphere and into the newly reunified Courthouse Square, organized the past three years of the Santa Rosa Women’s March (2018 – 2020) and in 2020 launched a new event in the Square - The Santa Rosa Rosie Rally celebrating International Women’s Day and our collective “We Can Do It!/¡Sí Se Puede!” Spirit. Leslie first discovered her passion for community driven events working as a Director at YMCA’s including the Sonoma County and Downtown Berkeley branches. Drawing upon those experiences of non-profit community building and adding elements from her years of experience in retail marketing, she continues to bring people from all backgrounds together to break down barriers and create memorable shared experiences.
Currently, Leslie also serves on the steering committee of the Sonoma County 2020 Women’s Suffrage Project, a community non-profit project celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment, she is a member of Downtown Station Area Specific Plan Community Advisory Committee, the Courthouse Square Public Art Project Committee and serves on the selection committee for the Public Art Project in Courthouse Square. Originally from Chula Vista in Southern California, she moved to Northern California to attend UC Santa Cruz, earning her BA in Psychology in 1992. Leslie has lived in Santa Rosa since 2001 when she returned to raise her son in the community she had fallen in love with while previously here for few years in the 90’s. She loves living in the Historic St Rose District with her husband (Chris), her son (Lee) and you will see her walking their shelter dog, Tozzi, throughout all the neighboring areas of downtown.