As a multiple-award-winning, nonprofit professional for more than 20 years, Leah has developed a unique combination of project management, communications, fundraising, and journalism skills. She wears several hats at Rush Powers Media as the supervisor of all web and print projects, creating a customized plan to address each client’s goals. For example, Leah might direct a team of designers and developers or create content for a website or printed report.
For the first 10 years of her professional career, Leah was a staff member at The Center for Public Integrity, a Washington, D.C.-based online journalism nonprofit. As Director of State Projects, she initiated and oversaw dozens of online-only reports examining ethics and special interests’ influence in statehouses across the nation, covering topics such as conflicts of interest among legislators, spending by industry lobbyists and the financial activity of state political parties. As Editorial Projects Coordinator at the Center, she supported multiple departments, synchronized copy flow, liaised with contractors and contributed to the communications scheme for wide-ranging investigations.
Projects under Leah’s direction garnered 10 national honors for online journalism, including three from CapitolBeat: The Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors and five consecutive public service awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.
From 2008-2012 Leah served as the part-time Executive Director of the Midwest Democracy Network, building brand awareness and supporting organizational development. Among other duties, she planned and executed a cross-platform communications campaign for the new organization, as well as designed programs and curricula for general and subject-focused meetings, conferences and trainings. Leah also developed grant proposals and managed the Network’s annual budget.