A Better Balance
212-430-5982 ext. 163
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2301 21st Avenue South Suite 355
Nashville, TN 37212
Organization Details

Executive Director

Executive Director Ms. Sherry Leiwant
E-mail sleiwant@abetterbalance.org
Term Start
Sherry's Experience: Sherry co-founded A Better Balance in 2005. From 2005 to 2006, she 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.

Co-Executive Director

Co-Executive Director Ms. Dina Bakst
E-mail dbakst@abetterbalance.org
Term Start
Dina's Experience: Dina Bakst is a Co-Founder and Co-President of A Better Balance. Dina features regularly in local and national news coverage of work-family issues. Her 2012 New York Times op-ed, Pregnant & Pushed Out of A Job, inspired the introduction of the federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which she helped draft, and contributed to passage of the New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act of 2013. Dina is a co-author of the recently published Babygate: What You Really Need to Know About A Pregnancy & Parenting In The American Workplace, a national know-your-rights book covering pregnancy discrimination, family leave, caregiver discrimination, breastfeeding rights, workplace flexibility and more. Dina has written numerous articles and reports on workplace fairness including, most recently, "It Shouldn't Be a Heavy Lift: Fair Treatment for Pregnant Workers."Prior to co-founding A Better Balance, Dina was an attorney with the NOW Legal Defense & Education fund (now Legal Momentum) where she pursued litigation and public policy advocacy on a wide range of women's issues including economic justice, child care and reproductive rights. Dina is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan. She also served as a litigation associate with Kaye, Scholer LLP.

Senior Staff

Name Title
Elizabeth Gedmark Senior Staff Attorney/Director of the Southern Office
Elizabeth Chen Senior Staff Attorney
Jared Make Senior Staff Attorney


Full Time Staff 13
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 0
Contractors 1
Retention Rate

Plans & Policies

Does your organization have a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does your organization have a Strategic Plan? Under Development
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When was the Strategic Plan adopted?
Does your organization have a Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Does your organization have a Policy and Procedure Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Does the organization have a Whistle Blower Policy?
Does the organization have a Document Destruction Policy?


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