Leslie Adelson Lewin

Senior Advisor (New York)

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Leslie Adelson Lewin has been a part of the program team at Seeds of Peace for 22 years, never missing a summer at the Seeds of Peace 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 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 spent ten years as Executive Director, launching new initiatives including GATHER and the US Program, strengthening Seeds of Peace’s approach to dialogue and leading a $25M campaign and celebration to mark the organization’s 25th anniversary.

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.

Leslie lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Nick (whom she met during her first summer as a counselor at Seeds of Peace) and their two children, who were fortunate enough to grow up surrounded by the Seeds of Peace community.

“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.”