Sherry Leiwant co-founded A Better Balance in 2005 with a group of other poverty and women’s rights lawyers with the mission of using legal advocacy to address the problems that women and their families face caring for their families while maintaining their economic security. She and co-president Dina Bakst have built ABB into an organization at the forefront of the fight for paid leave for all workers and freedom from discrimination for women with families, drafting laws establishing rights to paid sick time, paid family leave and expanding pregnancy discrimination laws and providing representation for workers on these issues. From 2005 to 2006, Sherry was an Adjunct Professor of Law at CUNY School of Law teaching an upper level class on civil rights. From 1996 until 2005, Sherry was a senior staff attorney at NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund running the State Advocacy Project, working on issues intersecting women’s rights and poverty, including reproductive health, violence and child care.
Prior to joining NOW Legal Defense Fund, she spent 12 years as a senior staff attorney at the Welfare Law Center, a national legal organization doing litigation and public advocacy on a variety of income support issues around the country. Prior to that, she was a staff attorney at the Department of Health Education and Welfare and an Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of New York. Sherry graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University and from Columbia University School of Law School. She has three children and has served on the Boards of Bank Street College of Education and Basic Trust Infant and Toddler Center.