Leah joins the Lab as a Senior Education Designer leading the Designers in Residence cohort and with a focus on strengthening education and workforce ecosystems to best respond to the evolution of a skills-based economy.
Leah brings over 15 years of leadership at the intersection of education and workforce development to this role. Prior to joining the Lab, Leah led the implementation and scale of labor market-aligned college and career pathways at JFF (Jobs for the Future) through the national Pathways to Prosperity Network, a partnership between JFF and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. At JFF Leah developed a replicable competency mapping strategy to bridge the education and industry divide and led systems-level strategies to support the expansion of strategic dual enrollment, early college, and the acceleration of postsecondary transitions.
In addition to a dedication to system-level impact, Leah brings extensive experience in program management in Greater Boston’s One-Stop career centers providing targeted career navigation support to opportunity youth, English language learners, and industry collaborations.
She currently serves as the volunteer Executive Director of Boston Girls’ Leadership, Organized Women, a nonprofit that provides mentorship, scholarship, and leadership training to young women. Previously, Leah served as a founding member of the Boston Youth Workforce Collaborative and as a Shafik Gabr Fellow in Egypt and Washington, DC. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Gender Studies from Fordham University in New York and master’s Degrees in both Human Services and Education from Northeastern University.