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Courtney Leon Joins U of M as Director of Programs for IPNL

For release: August 29, 2012
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901-678-2843

Courtney Leon
Courtney Leon

Courtney Leon has joined the University of Memphis as director of programs for the Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (IPNL). The IPNL is part of the Division of Public and Nonprofit Administration. Its goal is to promote effective philanthropy, advance nonprofit leadership practice, and strengthen the nonprofit sector through education and research.

Leon had been part of the Hyde Family Foundations team for six years, and had served as grants and communications manager since 2008. During her tenure at the Foundations, she managed the administration of more than $20 million in annual gifts, supporting the Foundations’ work to strategically build a better Memphis for future generations. Leon streamlined the Foundations’ application and reporting processes and implemented an online application system. She also oversaw a rebranding effort and the production of numerous communications collaterals in an effort to showcase the work of the Foundations’ partners. 

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Leon graduated from The Ohio State University in 2002 with a degree in women’s studies. Her passion for social justice took her to Central America, where she studied gender and social change through the Center for Global Education.

Since her arrival in Memphis, Leon has served as a mentor and teacher for various nonprofit organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis, Youth Villages, La Maestra and the Academy Tutoring Project. 

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