Lesley Zafran

Lesley Zafran

Independent Consultant


Lesley Zafran was born in Miami, Fla., but spent much of her life in London where she graduated from the University of London while working in the educational publishing world.  After moving back to Miami she joined Hastings & Hastings as a personnel consultant/recruiter and became the manager of the office after seven years.  But her passion has always been education and she has spent the last 22 years working with schools, including being the president of Donna Klein Jewish Academy for six years, which was one of the largest day schools in the country.   Lesley was recruited to join the first executive board for RAVSAK – a national board that supported Jewish day schools across the country.  She had several portfolios, one of them being Development, mentored school presidents and was a presenter and facilitator at annual conferences.  She ran an online forum for school lay leaders and organized and led webinars for them.  Her work has involved her in numerous public speaking engagements.  In 2013, Lesley decided to leverage her expertise in board governance and strategic planning and she became an independent consultant, working in the nonprofit educational and faith-based arenas.  Lesley also works with High School students, teaching interviewing and communication skills for college and employment.   She started with SWSG as a consultant and then joined the Executive Board in 2015.   When not working she is reading, traveling, practicing her French and Italian, cooking and working out.   Lesley is married to Bruce, an Ob/Gyn, and they have two children – Alexander and Emma.

 

“I started with SWSG as a consultant, but from the time my daughter decided to become a college mentor and told me about the organization, I fell in love with it and knew I had to be a part of it.  I love the multi-generational model of SWSG which offers girls the critical opportunity to create dreams and possibilities for their futures while giving our college mentors a chance to inspire them while they themselves glean wisdom from our Strong Leaders.  I’m proud and grateful that SWSG is particularly mindful of serving girls who may not have these opportunities in their daily environment.”