Lesley Green-Rennis earned her B.S. in Microbiology from Michigan State University, MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Ed.D. in health education from Teachers College, Columbia University and completed postdoctoral research at Columbia University New York State Psychiatric Institute. Her research on substance use and family reunification had a profound impact on her professional and personal life. From it, Lesley learned the power of community and faith to transform even the bleakest of circumstances. Lesley currently serves as the Chair of the Health Education department at CUNY-Borough of Manhattan Community College, where she teaches courses in community health education, public health, and alternative therapies. Lesley loves teaching students at the beginning of their journeys to change the world through social justice and public health.