Deputy Director

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, bringing the ACE Assembly program to more than 40k Chicago-area youth, and training more than 150 students as climate leaders in the ACE youth leadership network.

Most recently, Leah served as Communications Director for ACE in Washington D.C. and is now serving as Deputy Director, leading ACE’s program, communications, media and marketing strategy.

Leah brings with her more than 12 years of experience in the nonprofit sector as a relationship-builder, communicator and strategic problem solver. 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.