Dr. Leah Austin joined the Schott team on April 20, 2020 as the Director of the National Opportunity To Learn Network. In this role, she works with grantees and stakeholders to support effective campaigns focused on building systems to provide all students an opportunity to learn through philanthropic support and other strategic capacity building resources.
Leah has enjoyed a dynamic career that has included teaching, grantmaking, organizing, research and evaluation. She is an educator, an advocate and a futurist working to create conditions that allow people to imagine and plan better futures. Her prior work includes serving as the Vice President of Programs for the Southern Education Foundation where she oversaw efforts to advance education equity and excellence for students in the South. Dr. Austin also served as a Senior Associate for the Annie E. Casey Foundation where she managed a portfolio of investments, programs and partnerships designed to increase the educational achievement of children in Atlanta, GA. Before that, she served as a Director of Programs for the United Way of Greater Atlanta providing professional development to teachers and literacy resources to families.
While living in Washington DC, Leah established a national literacy campaign encouraging reading between men and boys, worked on grassroots organizing efforts to successfully advocate for universal prekindergarten legislation and taught elementary school in the District of Columbia Public Schools for five years. Leah holds a doctorate of education in Education Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters in School Psychology from Howard University and a Bachelors in Psychology from Fisk University. Dr. Austin completed certification in strategic foresight and is currently studying to be a yoga teacher while raising an amazing son.
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