Co-founder and chair of the board of directors of the Trickle Up Program, Mildred Robbins Leet is based in New York City. Established in 1979, the Trickle Up Program helps the lowest income people worldwide take their first steps out of poverty by providing conditional seed capital and business training essential to the launch of a microenterprise.
Leet was chair emeritus of the board of the Audrey Cohen College for Human Services from 1987 to 1999 and vice president of the U.S. Committee for the United Nations Development Fund for Women, which she helped found in 1984. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Womenís Forum, and the UN International Task Force on the Informal Sector Development in Africa.
One of the founders of United Cerebral Palsy in 1948, Leet became its first president of the Women's Division. From 1957-1964 she was the UN Representative for the National Council of Women of USA. She served as the councilís president from 1964-68, emphasizing civil rights, international peacekeeping and organizing the first Women's Conference on National Service. From 1968-70 she was vice president of the International Council of Women and became an active member of the Women's Advisory Committee on Poverty in the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity. She founded the UN Hospitality Information Service, which resulted in the creation of the New York City Commission for UN and Consular Corps. From 1968-1974, she participated in the development of the International Peace Academy.