AAPF welcomes Leda K. DeRose as our new Associate Director. Originally from Meriden, Connecticut, Leda graduated from Barnard College, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies with a concentration in Political Science. While at Barnard, Leda excelled academically, earning the distinction of magna cum laude. Her senior thesis, entitled “Youth Voices on Lockdown: Identity Shaping in Service Learning Programs” focused on the intersectionality of race, gender and class identities and how they shape volunteers’ perceptions of the inmates they taught in their service-learning class. Leda continues to be interested in the criminal justice movement and its far reaching implications for low-income communities of color.
Since graduating, Leda had worked in the corporate law sector before coming to the Policy Forum. She remains passionate about social justice issues and plans to pursue a career in law...Welcome Leda!