Leah Mayor serves as a Senior Director for Asset Funders Network (AFN). In this role, she focuses on developing New York City, Northern New Jersey, and Connecticut regional groups as well as developing content to close the racial wealth gap in the region and working nationally to promote entrepreneurship and employee ownership. She also leads the work with the Greater New York Area Chapter, explores chapter development in the East Coast Region, and provides subject-matter expertise to AFN.
Before AFN, Leah 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 bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin. Leah resides in Newtown, Connecticut.