Leslie Kaufman has resigned her position as President/CEO of the Kansas Cooperative Council effective December 1, 2017. She has accepted the position as Director of Government Relations and Legal Counsel at Kansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. KEC is the statewide trade association for the rural electric cooperatives in Kansas.
Leslie joined the Kansas Cooperative Council staff in January 2004 as Government Relations Director and was later named Executive Director. Since December 2010, she has served as President/CEO.
"We appreciate the outstanding leadership Leslie has provided to the Kansas Cooperative Council. She has led a number of legislative and regulatory initiatives for the cooperative network and has built a valuable member outreach and education program," said James Jirak, Chairman of the Kansas Cooperative Council Board of Directors. "We are glad this new opportunity enables Leslie to remain part of the cooperative network."