Director, Behavioral Health and Justice Strategy, Hennepin County, Minn.
Leah Kaiser has worked for Hennepin County for 22 years. She is currently the Director of Behavioral Health and Justice Strategy. Leah has led multidisciplinary teams in complex state and county government and private non-profit organizations. She has over 25 years overseeing programs that serve homeless, mentally ill, chemically dependent and criminally involved youth and adults. She is a published author and has an extensive background in program operations, strategic planning and grant management.
She is currently serving as the Health and Human Services representative on the Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, has led the Criminal Justice Behavioral Health Initiative for the past six years and is a co-chair for the 911 Mental Health Task Force.
Leah has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in forensic psychology from City University of New York John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Leah has completed a post baccalaureate business administration program at Columbia University in New York and a post baccalaureate program at the University of MN. Humphry School of Public Affairs in Human Service Leadership.