Leah is driven by a commitment to lifting up the diverse lived experiences of creative people in our Philadelphia communities. She joined The Barra Foundation in early 2023–prior to joining Barra, Leah served as Health & Wellness Director at Puentes de Salud, where she launched and shepherded programs in food access, mental health, the arts and culture, and case management, working in close partnership with Latinx community leaders.
An arts scholar and practitioner, Leah started her career working in museums. She has consulted to local and national nonprofits and foundations both independently and with Metris Arts Consulting, focusing on the role of art and culture in social and community change. Bilingual in Spanish, Leah thrives at the intersection of high-level strategy and grassroots work, and is a student of community-led and culturally-responsive practice. She believes strongly in the power of reflection on practice and evaluative thinking. Leah also speaks and writes about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector; her work has been featured in academic journals, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Center for Effective Philanthropy, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University.