Contact Information

1101 15th Street, NW, 6th Floor
Washington D.C. 20005
Telephone: 202-467-4999
Fax: 202-293-2672


Program Director: Leslie Watson Malachi  (bio)
Program Manager: Diana Veiga (bio)


Staff Bios:

Leslie Watson Malachi, Director

Leslie Watson Malachi is the Director of African American Religious Affairs for People for the American Way.  She is the former National Policy Director for the Balm In Gilead and served for nine years as the Director of the Multicultural Programs Department of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice where she managed and developed La Iniciativa Latina (LIL), the Women of Color Partnership Project (WOCPP), and the National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) which included annual planning of the National Black Religious Summit on Sexuality for African American clergy and laity. Leslie is co-author of two of the Coalitions faith-based sexuality education dialogue models for African American congregations, award winning and nationally recognized “Keeping It Real!” for teens, and “Breaking the Silence” for adults. Both curriculums are designed to strengthen communication betweens teens and adults in order to reduce teen pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS. Leslie has served as the National Coordinator and Field Director for the National Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and the Coordinator of the Public Policy Institute of the Citizenship Education Fund, the 501c3 arm of the Rainbow. A Minister, soon to be licensed, she is also a master trainer and has been trained by several institutions including the National MultiCultural Institute for advanced training of trainers in “Building Cultural Competency in the Workplace” and “Teaching Skills and Cultural Competency”. Leslie has provided training in, among other areas, cross cultural communication, prejudice reduction, facilitation, effective collaborations, events and strategic planning, and issue campaigns for over 20 years. Email:

Diana Veiga, Program Manager

Diana Veiga is Program Manager of African American Religious Affairs for People For the American Way. Prior to joining AARA, Diana was Field Director with the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital Young Leaders' Program where she recruited, trained and managed college students who served as troop leaders to girls in underserved communities in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Diana's communications experience includes work with the Federal Election Commission, a boutique PR agency, and the French Embassy's Press Department. Diana is a graduate of Spelman College and has Master's Degree in Public Communication from American University. Email:



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