Director of Conferences and Convenings
Our Facing Race national conference manager Leslie Grant began her work in social justice as a young mother at the age of fifteen working with Sistas onthe Rise.Inc in the South Bronx. Leslie organized other young mothers around issues of access to education and childcare in New York with a concentration on its intersections to the larger reproductive justice movement. From 2007-2011, Leslie served as the organization’s executive director where she focused on fundraising, donor relations, board recruitment, board retention, human resources and administration. Leslie also served as the Secretary to the Board of Directors for the national organization ‘Sister Song Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective’ Inc. from 2007-2013. Additionally, Leslie has worked for other community-based organizations including Sadie Nash Leadership Project, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, Casa Atabex Ache and Sprit in Action.
Leslie’s passion for social change is rooted in her belief that in order to sustain change in our movements we need to cultivate the leadership capacities of young activist while finding new and innovative ways to finance social missions.
Leslie completed a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services in 2008 graduating magna cum laude. In spring of 2013, Leslie graduated cum laude with a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College.
Leslie is a mother to three beautiful children and resides in the South Bronx.