California Department of Education

Lesley Taylor

Lesley Taylor is the education administrator for school facilities planning policy and standards at the California Department of Education (CDE). She brings more than 18 years of experience in learning environments, and a passion for place-based learning, to the Leadership Council. Lesley served as the program lead for state and federal Green Ribbon Schools recognition programs from 2012 through 2018, earning the 2014 US Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Director’s Award for her work to advance green schools across California. Prior to joining CDE, Lesley specialized in school site selection, design, and development, including environmental impact analysis. Lesley is a Green Classroom Professional and holds BA degrees in Government and Spanish, and a Masters of Public Policy and Administration from Sacramento State University.

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