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Women's Committee

The Women’s Committee raises $10 million of the Conservancy’s $79 million annual budget, and has contributed over $175 million to date. Notable successes have included raising funds for the reconstruction of the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, the renovation of Safari Playground (twice), the recreation of the Urns at Bow Bridge, and most recently, the future restoration of Conservatory Garden. The Committee is responsible for the management of many Park-wide programs including: Adopt-A-Bench, Tree Trust, Playground Partners, Daffodils and Tulips Donations, Perimeter Association, Conservancy Docents, and Olmsted Visionaries.

In addition to its year-round programs, the Women’s Committee is proud to host four of New York's premier charitable events: the Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon, the Fall Luncheon, the Annual Family Party in Heckscher Playground, and the Playground Partners Winter Luncheon. Proceeds directly support the Committee’s ongoing initiatives to maintain, restore, and enhance Central Park.

This dynamic collective was founded in 1983 by four women with a passion for preserving and beautifying Central Park. Now with a membership of 1,000 women strong, their programs enable anyone to make a personal investment in the Park. Women’s Committee is governed by its own Board of Directors led by President, Alexia Kondylis Leuschen, who was elected for a two-year term in June of 2018.

The Women’s Committee houses two membership programs. One is the eponymous Women’s Committee Membership, and the other is our Playground Partners group, designed for families with children ages 10 and under. Click on the links below for more information or to join today.

For further information, please call 212.310.6675 or e-mail wcommittee@centralparknyc.org.

Women’s Committee Membership


Playground Partners Membership
Designed for families with children ages 10 and under

Alexia Kondylis Leuschen

Alexia Kondylis Leuschen was elected President of the Women’s Committee on June 5, 2018 for a two-year term. Alexia was raised in New York and attended Trinity School. She has been an active participant of the Women’s Committee since 2011 and became a member of the Women’s Committee Board in 2014.

She has held the roles of Executive Vice President and Vice President prior to her current role. Alexia was a member of the Women’s Committee 35th Anniversary Committee which helped to raise funds for the restoration of Conservatory Garden and served as Co-Chair of the Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon in both 2014 and 2015.

In addition to the Women’s Committee, Alexia sits on the Board of Village Health Works in Burundi and on the Visiting Committee of European Sculpture & Decorative Arts. Alexia attended Rhode Island School of Design for a BFA in Fine Arts and founded and ran an interior design company based in Manhattan for ten years.

Alexia lives in New York City with her husband and two children.