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Passionate and Committed

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Our Mission

The Lesniak Institute for American Leadership is developing the next generation of American leaders by teaching the principles of effective advocacy, offering first-hand experience through its causes, and partnering with grassroots organizations.

Our History

The Institute was founded by former NJ Senator Raymond J. Lesniak who realized the need for an institution that teaches action-driven advocacy in addition to awareness. On a mission to train the next generation of American leaders since January 2018, the Lesniak Institute opened its first headquarters at Kean University in Union, NJ.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

   Margaret Mead

Our Team

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Senator Raymond J. Lesniak

Founder & President

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Sarah Mack


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Paige Alonso

Director of Public Relations and Social Media

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Katelyn Piorkowski

Community Outreach Coordinator

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The Lesniak Institute for American Leadership is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and qualifies for maximum charitable contribution permitted by law. Our Federal Identification Number is 83-3629808.