Leah Reisman brings deep research expertise to her work at Fairmount Ventures. A sociologist, evaluator, and practitioner with a Ph.D. from Princeton University, Leah approaches client work with an analytic mind and attention to rigor and relevance in developing strategies with client organizations.
An ethnographer by training, Leah relies on careful listening and quick synthesis in her craft. Through quantitative and qualitative research on Philadelphia’s funding ecosystem and nonprofit professionalization and strategy, she has developed formidable expertise in both the study and practice of nonprofit management. Leah is adept at deploying right-sized, rigorous research to develop smart strategy, and thrives in making connections to advance her clients’ work. She leverages strong facilitation skills and emotional intelligence to navigate complex strategic, organizational and interpersonal issues spanning philanthropists, nonprofit leaders, and local communities. A highly motivated self-starter, Leah finds joy in tackling complex problems and loves working collaboratively and learning from her colleagues.
Hailing from Napa, California, Leah began her career in museums, where she developed fluency in national trends and challenges facing the arts. She was also trained as a program evaluator while working at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. Leah relocated to Philadelphia to pursue her Ph.D. and has lived happily in South Philly ever since. Bilingual in Spanish, in her spare time Leah acts on her commitment to social justice by volunteering in arts and immigrant-serving organizations.
- Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, The University of Chicago
- Ph.D., M.A. Sociology, Princeton University
- Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
- Philadelphia Futures
- Puentes de Salud, Volunteer Coordinator, Arts and Culture
- Assistant Research Specialist, The Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley
- Research Analyst, Greatschools.org
“Making good strategy means paying close attention to assumptions and social dynamics, informed by rigorous and inclusive research.”