Lesley Swartz, Director
Major Gifts Officer
Lesley's career path in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors brought her a broad set of experiences and valuable perspective. After graduating from Queens in 1987, she worked for her sorority, Alpha Delta Phi, as a national consultant. Lesley's desire to remain in higher education inspired her to earn a Master's in Education in college student development and higher ed administration from the University of Mississippi - Oxford. She then worked in a variety of roles at the Savannah College of Art and Design, including Dean of Student Life. At PepsiCo, Lesley gained experience in a range of roles from bottling operations to national account management. While there, she received a Ring of Honor award, the corporation's recognition for top performers. Lesley then returned to higher education, bringing her experience in sales, customer relationships and marketing to her role as lead giving and engagement officer for the Parent Programs office at Davidson College.
Returning to Queens in 2015 felt like coming home. As senior advancement officer, Lesley travels extensively, meeting with alumni, parents, and friends and bringing them closer to the Queens community through engagement and advocacy. Her visits and conversations often intersect with her own Queens experience and she is inspired by the stories, generosity, and loyalty she encounters in meeting Queens' alumni and friends. Lesley joined the Advancement staff on the same day she arrived at Queens as a freshman 27 years before. She shares her alma mater with her mother, Class of '55, and her sister, Class of '90. Lesley's other interests include travel, dining, biking, photography, professional, college and youth sports events, supporting her kids' schools and organizations and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Association. She is determined to visit every state in the United States and has six to go. Lesley was introduced to her husband of 16 years, Gregg, by a Queens classmate. They live in Davidson with their children, Michael and Caroline, who perhaps may be members of the Classes of 2027 and 2025 respectively!