Leslie Collins is the executive director of the National Engineers Week Foundation. She is responsible for development and stewardship of a coalition comprised of more than 150 corporate, government, engineering society, education, and diversity partners, representing more than 1.5 million engineers and engineering students. Collins initiated the DiscoverE K-12 volunteer program for Engineers Week 1990, National Engineers Week Future City Competition in 1993, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day in 2001, Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering in 2005, and the Foundation’s Diversity Council in 2008.
Collins is also responsible for all resources and materials and all programs for the organization. Collins began her career in public relations at the American Gas Association. Later she became the public relations director for the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). Collins is a graduate of Boston College and attended graduate school at the University. of Fribourg in Switzerland.