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Leslie Castañuela BarnesExecutive Director

Leslie returns to home-state Colorado as Executive Director of Colorado Conservatory of Dance (CCD) to accelerate the organization’s community reach and visibility through expanded marketing and communications, grant opportunities, sponsorships, and Board development. She is the proud mother of Sophia, who is a graduate at the University of Michigan, and Anna, a professional ballerina with City Ballet of San Diego. Leslie is a leader of vast expertise, business acumen, heart, a passion for dance, community outreach, and arts education.

As a strategic planning consultant, Leslie has advanced the business and creative missions of major arts and performing arts organizations in Los Angeles, including The Music Center and Los Angeles Ballet. Initiatives include the analysis and execution of operations, major fundraising campaigns, marketing, event planning, community outreach, and the integration of DEI strategies. Leslie’s prior experience includes a 12-year career at Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles, where she represented talent in the packaging and negotiation of major studio, independent film, and television productions. Leslie began her career at Morgan Stanley in New York City as an international equities analyst. Leslie is a graduate of Harvard with a B.A. in History.

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