Cyndi Lesher

Cyndi Lesher

Member, Red Cross

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The Red Cross has been part of Cyndi Lesher’s life as far back as she can recall; her aunt was a volunteer, and her mom was a lifetime blood donor. But it wasn’t until she was recruited by a friend, then the board chair, that Lesher, the retired CEO of Xcel Energy, was persuaded to join the Red Cross board in 1996. Red Cross’ mission to relieve human suffering resonated with Lesher, who has served from the Minneapolis location in several capacities including chair of philanthropy and board chair. That purpose influences Lesher’s other board work, including with the United Hospital Foundation and Allina Philanthropy Committee. She enjoys seeing the impact of her work in shaping healthy communities and people.