Leslie Kowalewski

Chief, Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Division
California State Department of Public Health

Leslie Kowalewski began her public health career in 1996, when she joined the Oregon March of Dimes Chapter to lead a grant funded Folic Acid Education program. Shortly after the grant ended, she moved to the San Francisco Bay area where she currently serves as the Associate State Director for the California Chapter, which is one of the largest March of Dimes Chapters in the country. Her responsibilities include advocacy, communications, programs, IT, operations, and fundraising. Her family life is equally as important as her career; being a mother of two she is passionate about her commitment to improve the health of mothers and babies. She is a native Oregonian and graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in health promotion and education.

Organizing interest and commitment to standardize and advance maternal healthcare throughout California is critical because this component has been long overshadowed by infant and child health improvement efforts, yet healthy moms equal healthier babies and communities.