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We are excited to welcome Leah Catotti to our team as the 2015-2016 Fletcher Fellow!

Now in it’s second year, our fellowship program works to identify, develop, and network recent college graduates who aspire to be amongst the next generation of social sector leaders in North Carolina. 

Leah, a Durham native and recent graduate of Duke University, has a passion for work with marginalized communities both local and abroad. Through work with the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke, she directed the SuWA organization, which fosters women’s empowerment in the Durham refugee community through English classes, a business venture, and community-building events. In this work, she was able to directly experience and understand barriers many disadvantaged community members experience as they access employment, education, transportation, medical, and social services.

This summer after graduation, Leah spent several months in Muhuru Bay, Kenya where she led a team of students working on a clean water community intervention program and teaching in local primary schools alongside the Women’s Institute for Secondary Education and Research (WISER). The nonprofit organization works to improve education, health, and economic outcomes for girls in the fishing community on Lake Victoria.

Leah will spend the next year with Fletcher Foundation supporting our work to amplify our grantees’ voices in public spaces, primarily using online strategies, tools, and content. She will work closely with our staff and partner organizations to support communications/storytelling efforts, including creating website and social media content and producing our bi-weekly podcast series. She will also assist the staff’s efforts in research, planning, and administration.

We’re so happy to have her on board!

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