Leigh is a Program Manager with the New England Grassroots Environment Fund where she supports community-based environmental and social justice initiatives across New England through small grants and capacity building trainings. Leigh manages the Grassroots Fund’s Grow grant program and also leads up the organization’s Collaborative program focusing on developing partnerships, organizing across environmental and social movements, and working in collaboration to better understand and address systemic issues.
Previously, Leigh served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal where she worked with the local community to organize around a variety of environmental and social issues including local food production, waste management, conservation, health, and women’s leadership. Some of her favorite projects include supporting a local organic growers association, directing a Girls Leadership Camp, and exploring local techniques for sustainable building and design.
Prior to serving in the Peace Corps, Leigh supported appropriately-sited renewable energy projects in Massachusetts with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Leigh is a systems-thinker who seeks holistic solutions to environmental and social challenges. She developed her passion for sustainable living while studying in an eco-village and volunteering with an off-the-grid reforestation project in southern India. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Environmental Studies from Boston College and a Permaculture Design Certificate through Food, Water, Shelter in Tanzania. When not at the Grassroots Fund, you can find her practicing yoga, gardening, or enjoying the beautiful New England outdoors.