Leigh M. Chowdhary

Leigh M. Chowdhary
Leigh M. Chowdhary

Ms. Leigh M. Chowdhary is the Director of the Institute for a Drug-Free Workplace, a national coalition dedicated to promoting the rights of employers and employees in effective substance-abuse-prevention programs. In her role with the Institute, she is responsible for communications, operations and accounting.

Ms. Chowdhary previously served as a founding director and officer of Credence Management Solutions, one of the fastest-growing consulting companies in the nation, and a three-time Inc. 500/5000 winner. During her time with Credence, the company grew from startup to revenues of more than $20 million. She has consulted with various non-profits, associations and financial firms.

Ms. Chowdhary has published more than 100 articles in various media venues. Her articles have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, American Heritage and National Geographic Traveler, among other publications. She was also on the editorial staff of National Geographic Traveler and served as senior editor of Community Banker magazine.

Ms. Chowdhary holds an MSJ from Northwestern University, and a BA from Luther College. She is certified in management through the American Management Association. She has completed post-graduate coursework through Northwestern and the National School of Banking.

Ms. Chowdhary is a leader for the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital. She serves as superintendent and committee member for various educational programs. She and her family support a number of non-profit organizations such as Everybody Wins! DC, Room to Read, and Pratham. She is a co-founder of 1,000 Aspirations, a donor-advised fund through the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. She recently joined the Business Women’s Giving Circle, which focuses on funding STEM education initiatives for young women and girls.

Ms. Chowdhary, and her husband Sid, reside with their daughter in Great Falls, Virginia.