Program Manager, North Star Black Cooperative Fellowship
Started at Nexus: 2022
I joined Nexus as the Program Associate for the North Star Black Cooperative Fellowship (NSBCF) and the Nexus Cooperative Development Fellowship (NCDF). I support community wealth building initiatives that honor and reclaim the legacy of Black cooperative economics and invite alternate ways of being.
Leanna is excited to deepen her learning about cooperatives and support community wealth building in BIPOC communities, particularly those that are Black. Her background includes experience in a variety of settings such as the arts, direct service, youth work, and data collection in research and evaluation. Leanna is also a dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist with a passion for using dance to build community and promote social change. In 2022, she became a Certified Professional Teacher in Umfundalai, a contemporary African dance technique, which means “essence” or “essential” in Kiswahili. Leanna holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Special Major in Dance & Black Studies from Swarthmore College.
Photo Credit: Hugh Boyd