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Leslie Swartz

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USA, Senior Vice President for Research and Program Planning, Boston Children's Museum

Ms. Leslie Swartz, Senior Vice President for Research and Program Planning at Boston Children’s Museum, is responsible for research and evaluation, museum-wide long-range planning and funding strategies.

Over her tenure at Boston Children’s Museum, she has led many education and exhibition projects as well as the community outreach, and curriculum and professional development departments. She was the project director for Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China, a traveling exhibit, and associated mobile app League of Extraordinary Bloggers, a game for exploring Asian cultures, and other educational programs.

Ms. Swartz directs the Harvard East Asian Program, which offers professional development, curricula and public programs focused on Japan and China. She co-authored Moonbeams, Dumplings and Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities and Recipes (Harcourt: 2002), a highly popular family book. She co-founded the Boston Dragon Boat Festival, the first in the U.S. She was also a co-founder of the Hangzhou Boston Sister City relationship, and has traveled extensively in China.

She holds a BA from Oberlin College, and an MA in East Asian Studies from the University of Michigan.

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