Leslie Watson

Cooperative Development Specialist

Leslie Watson is a part-time Cooperative Development Specialist with CDS, and also a member of the CDS Consulting Co-op's Board Leadership Development team. Leslie spent ten years on the board of the Eastside Food Co-op in Minneapolis, from its startup phase through its development into an anchor business and important community asset in Northeast Minneapolis. She is also a founding organizer of the Northeast Investment Cooperative, a co-op formed to make transformative investments in distressed real estate along her neighborhood's main commercial corridor. Leslie works with startup, small and large co-ops on improving their governance, building a strong cooperative culture, and planning and implementing capital campaigns. She holds a Master's in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School, as well as a J.D. from the U of M Law School.