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Leah Bieniak

Program Associate

My time at the Leopold Foundation began in 2022 through the Future Leaders Program. As an Education and Communication fellow, I got to learn the ropes of nonprofit fundraising, marketing, program development, visitor services, historical interpretation, and project management, all while exploring my own land ethic. In my current role as Program Associate, I get to lead and support several of our exciting projects, including virtual programming, DEIJ initiatives, and sharing A Sand County Almanac with a wider audience.

Born and raised in northern Illinois, I am a lifelong Midwesterner with a love for the ecosystems that make up this region. I graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2021 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies. During my time at IWU, I got to study Leopold’s land ethic, further my passion for ecology and conservation, and develop a better understanding of environmental justice and sociology. After graduating, I worked as the Conservation Education Representative at Illinois Beach State Park. Outside of work, I love spending time with family, dancing, geeking out about books and movies, and discovering new trails for birding or hiking.