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A Political Figure


About Dawn Lesley . . .

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BACKGROUND:  Dawn Lesley is an environmental engineer, mother, and neighbor who lives in the Santa Clara neighborhood of North Eugene.  For 30 years Dawn has worked to improve energy efficiency at wastewater facilities and reduce costs to taxpayers. 


She works every day to protect public health and ensure our waterways are safe for drinking, fishing, and farming.


As a licensed engineer, Dawn evaluates the cost-effectiveness of wastewater operations.  She is particularly proud of the millions of kilowatt-hours saved by the wastewater plant operators who have participated in her Strategic Energy Management trainings.  Using energy efficiently, Dawn notes, significantly reduces greenhouse-gas emissions and saves taxpayer money.  


COMMUNITY SERVICE:  In service to all Lane County residents, Dawn is a volunteer member of the Lane County Budget Committee.  In that role, she has initiated processes to better engage committee members and improve the efficiency of the budget review and approval process.

Dawn is also an active executive board member of the Santa Clara Community Organization: Neighbors working together to improve the community’s quality of life.

She has volunteered thousands of hours in our public schools, with the YMCA Big Sister Program, and with the Egan Warming Centers -- providing critical safe shelter space for those who need it in freezing weather.




HOBBIES:  Dawn is a passionate backpacker, cook, singer, and reader. She has hauled her backpack through many of Oregon's wild areas, from the Steens to the Kalmiopsis and up and down the Cascades, Strawberries, and Wallowas, wearing out four pairs of hiking boots in the process!

LANGUAGE:  In addition to English, Dawn speaks Spanish and some French. 

ROOTS IN OUR COMMUNITY:  While it was Oregon State University’s renowned engineering program that brought Dawn to Oregon in 1990, it is our state's beautiful wild areas that kept her here as her chosen home to raise a family. 


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