Promoting, educating and advocating for Delaware’s restaurant industry since 1965.

Carrie Leishman

President & CEO

After graduation from Syracuse University and spending 10 years with the Maryland Restaurant Association, Carrie became the President of the Delaware Restaurant Association and is credited with building and strengthening the DRA.  In her 18 years as President, she has taken a handful of members and a miniscule yearly budget and turning it into one of the most influential business organization in the state. Carrie is often described as a passionate and fearless advocate for the industry, and has been featured in Delaware Today Magazine where she was recognized as an influential Woman in Business.  Carrie enjoys spending time mentoring high school youth in Delaware’s foster care system, sits on the Advisory Committee for the Food Bank of Delaware, and has served as an adjunct professor in the University of Delaware’s Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management Program. Carrie, her husband, and their two children spend their summers and vacations at the family’s house in Bethany Beach. They can often be found enjoying the beach, fishing, or out to lunch or dinner in one of Delaware’s amazing restaurants.