Leslie Abbey

Chair and Co-founder

Leslie Abbey is an entrepreneur with a long-standing commitment to social justice and a track record of implementing data-driven practices that improve outcomes in the public and non-profit sectors. 

Leslie’s expertise in social services, housing and workforce development, and operational and fiscal management, has helped her to launch numerous high-impact programs. Currently, she is Chief Executive Officer of Hot Bread Kitchen, which promotes economic opportunity for immigrant women and women of color through New York City’s food industry. Previously, she served as Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Covenant House New York, an organization serving homeless youth, and as Chief Program Officer at Lantern Community Services, a nonprofit provider of supportive housing. Leslie also held positions at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services during the Bloomberg administration, after beginning her career as an attorney in the Legal Aid Society’s juvenile rights practice, where she represented youth in family court and in federal and state court class action matters.

Leslie is the founder and a longtime board member of Family Legal Care, which promotes access to justice in family court. She is also a member of the board of managers of Swarthmore College and a trustee of NYU School of Law.

Leslie received a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and a J.D. from NYU School of Law.

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