Mildred Robbins Leet
Co-founder and chair of the board of directors of the Trickle Up Program, Inc., Mildred Robbins Leet is based in New York City. The Trickle Up Program was established in 1979 with a mission to help 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 was vice president of the U.S. Committee for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), which she helped found in 1984. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Women’s Forum, Inc. 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 the first president of its Women’s Division. From 1957 to 1964 she was the UN representative for the National Council of Women of U.S.A. She served as president of the Council from 1964 to 1968, emphasizing civil rights and international peacekeeping, and organizing the first Women’s Conference on National Service. From 1968 to 1970 she was vice president of the International Council of Women and became an active member on the Women’s Advisory Committee on Poverty in the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity. She founded the UN Hospitality Information Service, resulting in the creation of the New York City Commission for UN and Consular Corps. From 1968 to 1974 she participated in the development of the International Peace Academy.