Sunita Leeds is an advocate for diversity and opportunity for all, focused on politics and philanthropy.
Sunita currently serves on the Boards of the:
- League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, which is dedicated to educating and empowering voters around climate change,
- Democracy Alliance, a funder network building infrastructure to support progressive government,
- NARAL Pro-Choice America Education Foundation, which works to educate and turn out voters on the issue of reproductive choice, and of
- National Public Education Action Fund.
Sunita has worked tirelessly to elect many Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) candidates, as well as may other progressive candidates. In 2008, Sunita was selected as an at-large member of the Democratic Party. She was Advisory Chair of the DNC Indo-American Leadership Council, and Co-Chair of the Rules Committee at the 2008 Democratic Convention in Denver. There, she opened the Denver Convention, becoming the first Indian-American woman to address a major party’s political convention. She went on to serve on the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for 8 years.
Sunita co-chairs the Enfranchisement Foundation, which focuses on breaking the cycles of poverty and intolerance and on women’s issues in the United States. Sunita has also served on the board of the National Jewish Democratic Council, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington. At Planned Parenthood, she co-chaired the Planned Parenthood Leadership Council. At her home, she has held many awareness and education events for the above organizations. In addition to the Alliance for Excellent Education, America Votes and the Sierra Club, she has hosted events for many other progressive organizations and organizations that support the advancement of public education.
Sunita earned a MS in computer science from the University of Southern California and a BA from Cornell University in Math. After college, Sunita had a decade-long career at Bell Labs, before moving to Paris, France. In Paris, she was president of the Parent Faculty Association at Marymount School and treasurer of Kehilat Gesher- the Anglo-French Jewish Congregation, which she helped found.
Sunita and her husband, Dan, live in Washington, DC, and have four adult children and two grandchildren.