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Leslie Adelson Lewin
Executive Director (New York)

Leslie Adelson Lewin has been a part of the program team at Seeds of Peace for 16 years, never missing a summer at the Seeds of Peace International Camp on Pleasant Lake in Maine.

Following two summers as a counselor, she began full-time work for Seeds of Peace, preparing the Camp program and orchestrating all logistics and programming, a role which eventually led to her becoming Camp Director.

Prior to becoming Executive Director, Leslie served for three years as the director of the Seeds of Peace International Camp. In that role, she recruited, hired, and supervised a team of over one hundred people, worked with participating governments to oversee selection of Seeds, and served on the executive management team to direct organizational priorities, including program management and strategic planning.

Leslie is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is involved in Womensphere and is a board member at the Country Roads Foundation.

She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and received a master’s degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management & Policy from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. She is one of the youngest leaders profiled in the 2012 book “How Great Women Lead,” joining US diplomats Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice and Susan Rice and 17 other women.

“Seeds of Peace has an amazing way of changing lives—not just of our Seeds, but of our staff and supporters as well. I am continually amazed and inspired by the people I meet through Seeds of Peace, and by the dedication of my colleagues.”