Lesli Creedon has served as President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic since February 2018. Her son Jack received his life-changing wish a few months later and attributes the wish to his recovery from a three-year battle with leukemia and stem cell transplant. Make-A-Wish holds a special place in Lesli’s heart, whose vision is to grant the power of a wish to every eligible child in Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Founded in 1983, the Mid-Atlantic chapter has granted more than 10,000 wishes in Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C since its inception. Lesli leads the team responsible for creating life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Wish kids face any number of critical illnesses such as cancer, pediatric AIDS, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Duchene’s muscular dystrophy, kidney and heart disease. The organization seeks to bring the power of wishing to every eligible child because every step of the wish journey can help children build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness.
Prior to joining Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic, Lesli served as the Chief Advancement Officer at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, where she led a $86 million campaign to fund new animal habitats, educational programs and global research and conservation initiatives. She also served as Executive Director of Partnership Development at the United Nations Foundation and Vice President of External Affairs at Resources for the Future, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to energy, environmental and natural resource issues in Washington, D.C.
Lesli is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She and her husband Dan, an air traffic controller, reside in Alexandria, VA with their two teenagers, Jack and Catherine, both adopted from Russia.