Leah’s role focuses on leading and building out Continuous Quality Assurance work in support of our goal to deliver innovative, high quality trainings. She also oversees our data and information management to ensure we have the strong infrastructure to meet our training goals and capture the excellence of the work we do.
Prior to joining the Alliance, Leah had already been partnering with the organization for two years in her work as a Research Consultant with Partners for Our Children, where she also completed program evaluation work for several other programs serving children and families impacted by the child welfare system. Prior to that, Leah managed housing interventions for young families experiencing homelessness in King and Snohomish counties for seven years. She is motivated in this work by significant personal and family experience with child welfare systems in multiple states including Minnesota, Maryland, and Tennessee.
Leah has a Master of Social Work in Administration and Policy and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Washington, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Purdue University. During her undergraduate work, Leah was a Senior Teaching Assistant with the College of Engineering Honors Program for four years, where she developed curriculum, facilitated instruction, assessed student progress, and collaborated with industry stakeholders to inform the first-year engineering honors course sequence, as well as had full instructional and curricular responsibility for the program’s summer high school outreach program, the Seminar for Top Engineering Prospects. Working with the top Engineering Education program in the country, Leah partnered in reshaping the first-year sequence around best and emerging practices in engineering pedagogy, particularly those designed to improve retention of students from underrepresented identities. As she continued her graduate work at the University of Washington, Leah was able to apply many of these lessons learned to the first-year composition classes she taught and the finite math and object-oriented programming classes she supported at Monroe Correctional Complex through the University Beyond Bars program. Leah’s studies heavily focused on pedagogy for adult learners, public scholarship, and community engagement, and her focus on power sharing in the classroom and supporting engagement and retention of students from all identities earned her a departmental Endorsement in Critical Instruction. Leah’s teaching philosophy places a strong value on shared power, collaborative learning goals, project-based learning, and a team-centered cohort model.