As the senior member of GRE’s business development team, Leah manages relationships with corporate executives, site selectors, and regional economic development officials to attract private capital investment and new jobs to the 9-county Greater Rochester, NY Region. GRE is often described as the concierge to the region, providing critical and confidential information and connectivity to key business partners to support growth. Leah works tirelessly internally to implement continuous process improvements and externally to successfully guide companies through the economic development process.
Leah was directly involved in the attraction of Edwards, Plug Power, Li-Cycle Corp., Security Risk Advisors, VIAVI Solutions, Ocean Insight, and the expansion of Zweigles, Vuzix Corp., Corning, Carestream Health, Pactiv Corporation, Durst Image Technology US, and ITX Corp.
Leah serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, and St. John Fisher’s School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council.
Leah received the Rochester Business Journal’s 2023 Women of Excellence Award, 40 Under 40 award, the ‘Victor E. Salerno Award for American Enterprise’ and Excellence in Management and the Rochester Women’s Network Up & Coming Businesswoman’s Award.
Prior to joining GRE, Leah spent more than a decade as a broadcast journalist. She graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a B.A. in communications, public relations and business and earned an M.B.A. from St. John Fisher College.