Leslie Calman’s first political activities were in high school, staying “Clean for Gene (McCarthy),” and, in college, raising funds by playing “Music for McGovern” on NYC street corners. She hopes her current political endeavors work out better.
She is now a retired non-profit administrator and educator who along with her spouse Jane Gruenebaum has been a full-time resident of Delaware since 2018. Most recently, she has been the CEO of two organizations: Engineering World Health, which trains and deploys engineering students to low-resource hospitals in Asia, Africa, and Central America; and Mautner Project: The National Lesbian Health Organization, based in Washington DC.
Prior to these, she held leadership positions at the International Center for Research on Women, and at NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund. She has served on several Boards of Directors, including The National LGBT Health Coalition, and Breast Care for Washington. She currently is a Board member of Kakenya’s Dream, an organization creating schools for girls in the Masai area of Kenya, and is a regular volunteer at the Community Resource Center.
During the first half of career, Leslie taught political science and women’s studies at Barnard College, where she also directed the Center for Research on Women.
Leslie is a member of Delaware’s 14th Representative District Democratic Committee, and a regular attendee of Eastern Sussex Democrats. She was Assistant Treasurer and Advisor to the Russ Huxtable campaign.