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Leah Bennett

Program Associate, Education

Leah joined Barr in 2022 as program associate on the Education team, supporting the Invest in Educators and Build Public will portfolios. In this role she supports grantees who build diverse, skilled, and effective pipelines of teachers and leaders and deliver high-quality instruction and programing to their students, as well as grantees who engage communities to be informed advocates and demand high-quality schools.

Leah has a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Northeastern University and serves on the board of directors for two education-based organizations. Friends of Kenya Rising supports students and their families in Western Kenya as they rise out of poverty. Through this work, Leah has traveled to Kenya a number of times, and loves the warmth of Kenyan culture and the beauty of the country. Leah also serves on the board of the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation’s American chapter, which supports the Zeke O’Connor School in the Sherpa region of Nepal.

Prior to joining Barr, Leah worked as the communications and operations manager at Saint Cecilia Parish in Boston’s Back Bay. In her free time, she likes hunting for the best scones in Boston to enjoy with her tea.

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