Leah Durst-Lee is the Legal Services and Development Coordinator at the Community Immigration Law Center (CILC). She joined CILC in September 2017 and provides legal assistance, fundraising, marketing, and volunteer and intern management.
Prior to joining CILC, Leah was Domestic Violence Outcome Measures Project Manager at the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, where she coordinated between 17 domestic violence agencies and the research entity to collect longitudinal data from DV survivors. Leah managed the collection of over 700 surveys, and trained over 300 counselors, court advocates, and shelter managers in the ethics and proper collection of data and survey implementation. She assisted with the evaluation of data and co-authored research publications.
Leah earned her B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Loyola University – Chicago, graduating Magna Cum Laude, where she was awarded a research fellowship with the Center for Urban Research and Learning to work on urban issue research projects, such as food access, collective organizing, housing, and domestic violence. Leah was the recipient of the Kale Williams Award for Exceptional Work in Promoting Human Rights and Social Justice.
Prior to university, Leah worked for five years as Volunteer Coordinator training and leading youth on international humanitarian trips to China, India, Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Spain and Morocco, and was stationed one of these years in Mexico.
Leah lives in Madison with her husband and in her free time studies Korean and fundraises for Fairhaven School for Children with Disabilities in Alexandria, Egypt.