Leland has been working with nonprofits in one way or another for 20 years. She has a background in philanthropy, grants management, database implementation, event planning, and project management. Before joining Exponent Partners, she worked at South Arts, where she led the charge to implement a centralized CRM, fundraising tool, and grants management system on the Salesforce platform. Prior to that Leland served as director of the regional arts trade show Performing Arts Exchange (PAE). Leland served as Grants Administrator for JP Morgan Philanthropic Services, Program Officer for Southern Partners Fund, and as a Consultant for many clients including the Southeastern Council of Foundations.
Leland has been the lead vocalist for several local community big bands and currently leads a small jazz combo. She is an avid Latin social dancer and extends a standing invitation for anyone who wants to shake a tail feather!
A native of North Carolina, Leland studied at Boston University, School of Fine Arts, and Sarah Lawrence College, where she earned her B.A. in political science. She lives in metro Atlanta with her twin sister.