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Leila Wetmore ’82, P’18

Leila Wetmore

Leila Wetmore '82, P'18

Director of Development and the Annual Fund



B.A., St. Lawrence University

Leila was born and raised in New York City and came to Walker’s as a freshwoman in 1978. After graduating with degrees in political science, art history and French from St. Lawrence University, Leila returned to New York City and began her career in not-for-profit fundraising and management. Leila worked for and provided consulting services to organizations including Planned Parenthood of New York City, Lenox Hill Hospital, The American Field Service, and the National Academy of Design, among others. In 2001, Leila moved with her husband and two young daughters to Darien, CT and continued her not-for-profit career, most recently as the Executive Director of the Darien Nature Center. Leila’s daughter, Eliza, is a 2018 graduate of Walker’s.

What was it about The Ethel Walker School that made you want to work here?

As a student at Walker’s, I found my voice and effectiveness as an advocate for the social issues that I believed in. I also found lifelong friends. I want other young women to have the same opportunity.

Who is your biggest female role model? Why?

Gloria Steinem. She has chutzpa and is fearless to make waves when she feels things need to change, using words and thoughtful actions to do so.

What was your favorite subject when you were in middle or high school? Why?

French – I loved my teachers and being able to read in another language.

What is your favorite Walker’s tradition?

New Girls being assigned an Old Girl.

If you were to give advice to an incoming Walker’s student, what would it be?

Be yourself, be open to new things, and have fun!

What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?

Entertaining with family and friends, traveling, tennis, health and nutrition coaching, and gardening.