Middlesex County Freeholder Leslie Koppel chairs the County’s Finance Committee. Freeholder Koppel was appointed to the Board of Chosen Freeholders on Feb. 16, 2017. She is committed to improving the quality of life for all residents and to provide them with affordable programs and services.
Freeholder Koppel is a lifelong resident of Monroe Township. She earned her Master’s Degree in Politics and Public Policy at the Bloustein School at Rutgers University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology at Hunter College.
Even before her time as a Freeholder, Freeholder Koppel showed a dedication to public service. She served as Monroe Township Council President and Councilwoman At-Large since 2006. During her tenure on the Council, Freeholder Koppel served on the Cultural Arts Commission and on the Middlesex County Transportation Coordinating Committee.
In addition to her public service as a member of the Township Council, Freeholder Koppel has served as former President of the Barclay Brook/Brookside Schools PTA and as a member of the Monroe Township Board of Education Ad Hoc and Strategic Planning Committees. She has also served as Chair of the Mercer County Human Service Advisory Committee.
Currently, Freeholder Koppel is the Director of Rise - a Community Service Partnership, a non-profit community organization that provides social services and support in the East Windsor and Hightstown area. Freeholder Koppel also brings 16 years of retail sales and management experience to her role as Chair of the Finance Committee.
Freeholder Koppel received the Special Community Enhancement Contribution to East Windsor and the Vision and Leadership Award from the Hispanic American Medical Association of Central New Jersey. She also served as a panelist at the Farmers Against Hunger gleaning summit and The Raising of America. In addition, Freeholder Koppel received the Diamond Award from the New Jersey Conference Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Some of her most notable accomplishments as a Freeholder include:
• The annual development of the Operating and Capital Budgets
• Helping the County cut discretionary operating expenses by 7% for 2019
• Helping the County maintain its AAA bond rating
She lives in Monroe with her three children.