Leah Mayor serves as East Coast Program Officer at AFN, focusing on developing New York City, Northern New Jersey, and Connecticut regional groups as well as developing content to promote Children’s Savings Accounts in New York and learning on Workplace Financial Health Programs.

Prior to joining AFN, Leah most recently served as a Grants Officer on the Inclusive Economies team at the Ford Foundation where she led efforts to increase economic security and mobility for low-income families, close the racial wealth gap, and advance financial inclusion. Prior to joining Ford, Leah was the founder of Taking Root, a New York tri-state effort working on local food processing and agriculture-based economic development. She served as a consultant and adviser to the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, as well as to dozens of food and agriculture-based organizations working to increase food security for families and economic security for family farms through local food purchasing and procurement, farmland preservation, and economic programming for small and mid-sized family farms. Leah served as director of the Working Lands Alliance, leading a broad-based state coalition to advance state farm policy in Connecticut, where she lives near her family’s farm.

Leah holds a Ph.D in adult and extension education and a master’s degree in learning, teaching, and social policy, both from Cornell University. She earned her a bachelor’s in sociology from the University of Wisconsin.