Lila Leff, Umoja Founder Lila Leff

Lila Leff founded Umoja Student Development Corporation in 1997 and served as the organization’s CEO until November 2010.

In her new role as a consultant to Umoja’s school partners, Lila works to ensure that Umoja’s program models are effectively translated as the organization expands its reach and impact by building relationships with new school partners. 

Prior to starting Umoja, Lila worked in the field of youth development in New York and Chicago and also served as a consultant assisting organizations and schools with program and staff development as well as the development of school/community/business partnerships. She is currently the Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the Consortium on Chicago School Research and sits on the Editorial Board of Catalyst.

Lila was a Fellow in the Leadership Greater Chicago Class of 2001 as well as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ 2011 Emerging Leaders Program.