Leah joined ACE in the fall of 2009 and has been a key asset in growing the organization from a start-up to the national leader it is today. She’s seen firsthand the devastating ways that climate change has contributed to sea-level rise in Panama’s Guna Yala archipelago or the disruption of agriculture systems in the lowlands of Kerala, India. She feels called to this work to amplify the voices of those who are disproportionately affected by climate change. In 2006, she traveled throughout Central America and volunteered at an intentional community on Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast. Leah was inspired by what she learned about sustainable agriculture and land use systems, further piquing her interest in being part of climate solutions.
She began her work with ACE in Chicago as a Program Manager, reaching more than 40k Chicago-area youth, and training more than 250 youth as advocates in the ACE Youth Action Network. Most recently, Leah served as Communications and Marketing Director for ACE in Washington D.C., scaling the reach of our digital programs, civic engagement, and storytelling initiatives, working to shift the narrative on climate change across the US. She is now serving as Deputy Director directing ACE's national strategy. Leah brings with her more than 12 years of experience in the nonprofit sector running campaigns, honing her skills as a digital organizer, and staying on the leading edge of digital communication and marketing trends. She has worked to effect change with organizations like Global Impact and Heifer International. Prior to her work with ACE, she served as a the Midwest Regional Development Representative for Global Impact, an international federation of charities, managing federal, state and local development campaigns for organizations like Doctors Without Borders and US Fund for UNICEF. Leah studied Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and holds a B.S. in Biomedical Science from the National University of Health Sciences. She is a former chess teacher and a musician, and she and her husband, Sunil, have a daughter, Shylah, and a son, Joah.