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Deborah Leff

director, JFK Presidential Library and Museum

Deborah Leff is president of the Public Welfare Foundation, a half-billion dollar philanthropy based in Washington, DC that is dedicated to ensuring fundamental rights and opportunities for people in need. From 2001-2006, Ms. Leff was director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. She has held a variety of leadership positions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors including CEO of Feeding America (formerly known as America's Second Harvest), the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization, and president of the Chicago-based Joyce Foundation. Ms. Leff was Senior Producer at *ABC News Nightline*, *ABC News World News Tonight*, and *ABC News 20/20* from 1983 to 1992, where she won DuPont and Emmy Awards for news coverage such as a week-long *World News Tonight* series. Ms. Leff has also held several positions with the federal government, including Trial Attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice and Director of Public Affairs at the Federal Trade Commission. Ms. Leff received her undergraduate degree cum laude from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, where she was named a University Scholar. She earned her JD from the University of Chicago Law School.