Leena Mittal
I have lived in Brookline since 2005 when I moved here to begin residency, and my husband Seth and I have lived here together since we got married in 2007. We are parents to two boys at Runkle. Kai is a rising 5th grader, and Callan will enter 2nd grade in the fall. Our family has been active in town sports, with our kids playing baseball, hockey and lacrosse in town (in addition to being ski racers). At Runkle, I have served as a Room Parent and have worked with other parents to start a group called Runkle Organizing Against Racism (ROAR) which is a parent led group working to move antiracist principles forward in our school community.
Professionally, I am a perinatal psychiatrist, specializing in mental health needs for pregnant and postpartum individuals. I serve as the Chief of the Division of Women’s Mental Health and the Associate Vice Chair for Diversity Equity and Inclusion at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. I am also the Medical Director for Equity, SUD and Community Partnership at the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program (MCPAP) for Moms. I am active in state and national advocacy around racial equity and maternal mental health. I have previously served on the Board for the Mass PPD Fund, and now as a Commissioner of the Ellen Story Commission on Postpartum Depression in the statehouse.