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Elissa is Chair of the Board of Managers of Chevy Chase Village. She was past Chair of the Buildings Facilities Commission and has been involved in the Tree Committee, the Parks Committee and the Environment & Energy Committee.
Elissa Leonard is a filmmaker. Currently she is an executive producer on Bruce Beresford’s film “Ladies In Black”, a comedy based on the Australian novel The Women in Black by Madeleine St. John. She produced and directed the feature film "Sally Pacholok" which she co-wrote, based on the true story of an ER nurse who takes on the medical establishment when she uncovers an epidemic of misdiagnosis. The film stars actress Annet Mahendru.
Elissa was a producer/writer at WNET-TV Channel 13's Innovation series (where she won two NY Emmy Awards) the Senior Story Editor at National Geographic Television's Explorer series, and a producer at The Educational Film Center's Powerhouse and Give and Take series.
Elissa is a member of the Board of Trustees of Levine Music and the Board of Directors of the Chevy Chase Historical Society. She is married with three adult children.
Elissa received her undergraduate degree from Harvard in 1979 with a joint major in Visual and Environmental Studies and Government. She attended Montgomery County Public Schools.