Leah Hancock is the Lead Associate at OPG. She brings significant experience working with individuals and organizations to strengthen relationships, strategy, and systems that enable them to more effectively achieve their goals. Prior to OPG, Leah spent nearly seven years in the nonprofit sector where she specialized in guiding diverse groups through mission alignment, strategic planning, new initiative development, and collaborative engagement around federal and state policy change.
Most recently, Leah was a Senior Program Manager at the national nonprofit Wholesome Wave, working to increase affordable access to healthy food in under-resourced communities. During her tenure, she organized five statewide, cross-sector partnerships, unified under shared missions, goals, and metrics. All five partnerships continue to thrive today. She also specialized in guiding organizations through strategic planning, new initiative design and development, and collaborative engagement on policy advocacy.
In addition, Leah has established and facilitated national working groups of thought leaders, cultivated research partnerships and facilitated program evaluation efforts, led successful multi-million-dollar government grant proposals, and conducted trainings for audiences across the country.
Leah graduated cum laude from Connecticut College with a degree in Sociology-based Human Relations, a minor in Hispanic Studies, and certificate from the Holleran Center Program in Community Action and Public Policy. Outside of the office, she volunteers with the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants and the CT Forum. Leah currently lives in Bridgeport with her husband, Isaac, and loves to spend her time testing recipes on family and friends, strolling the farmers markets, or discovering new places to hike and explore.