Leah is a fresh resident of Texas, hailing originally from the great state of Ohio, “the heart of it all”. Leah’s story is a mix of indulging in her passions for community building with her love of language learning and adventurous spirit. While actively organizing in the art and music DIY communities of Columbus, OH, she worked for many years at the OSU Urban Arts Space, Ohio State’s gallery downtown. After school she served as an Event Coordinator for the non-profit Columbus Downtown Development Corporation and their downtown public park/venue. Here she grew her interest in the intersection of the public and private sectors and how they work together to shape our communities.
Leah has a degree in Chinese from the Ohio State University and spent a collective two years living and traveling in China and Asia. She first taught English and Art in Shanghai, then traveled and worked for different sustainable organizations, local businesses, intentional communities, ecovillages, farms in China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam. Upon returning to the States, she applied her talents to Green Columbus as their 2019 Service Site Coordinator, providing support for over 250 events city wide culminating in the largest Earth Day initiative in the country.
Leah comes to ac4d hoping to bring her experience working for the arts and non-profits and perspective from working abroad. She hopes to apply what she learns in her time with ac4d to help create tools that empower people through the intersection of the public and private spheres, and to become better equipped as an effective part of solving meaningful problems in our society.
In her free time you’ll find her playing guitar and singing or going to see live music, riding her bike, rock climbing, and cooking delicious vegan meals.
Going into this past week I anticipated feeling very anxious. Normally I might make myself sick with nerves, somewhat pointlessly, about almost every aspect of starting something very intense and new like the ac4d program. A few of these aspects might be… 1) meeting my classmates who I know I will spend so much time…