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Joelle Lester, J.D.

Director of Commercial Tobacco Control Programs

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Joelle Lester is the Director of Commercial Tobacco Control Programs at the Public Health Law Center. Joelle leads a team of 18 attorneys working to support tobacco control policy change throughout the United States. The Center does this by providing legal technical assistance to public health professionals and advocates, developing resources on the most effective legal and policy measures to reduce the burden of disease and death caused by tobacco use in the United States, and providing strategic leadership around bold policy options to end the tobacco epidemic. Prior to joining the Center, Joelle worked as a litigation associate at a private firm in Minneapolis.

B.A., University of Wisconsin – Madison
J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, cum laude