Rachel Leon has served as Executive Director of the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA) since 2009. EGA is a membership association of environmental foundations that supports efforts to protect people, place and planet. Prior to joining EGA, Rachel was a Senior Program Officer for Fair and Participatory Elections at the JEHT Foundation, based in New York City. Prior to her work with JEHT, Rachel served as Executive Director of Common Cause/NY, an organization dedicated to strengthening civic participation and seeking accountability in government.
Rachel served on transition teams for both former NYS Governor Eliot Spitzer and former NYS Attorney General and current NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo. With a background in combating inequality and working for economic justice, and equity, Rachel also has significant experience assisting foundations with program development and strategic planning.
Rachel earned her Bachelor of Arts with Cum Laude distinction in Public Communication and Women’s Studies from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She received her Master’s of Public Administration from Baruch College.