|Leah D. Hudnall is a principled and strategic leader with experience executing high impact community initiatives that build towards a stronger, bolder, and more racially just society.
In 2020, Leah founded The Legacy Perspective, a civic consulting firm that offers project management, community engagement and communications services to its client partners.
As a Black woman owned firm, The Legacy Perspective has worked with a range of partners ¿ from local, frontline community organizations to regional and national foundations ¿ to develop people-centered strategies to champion the voices of those most affected by institutional decision-makers.
Leah began her career at the KeyBank Foundation, and along her professional journey has held roles at the Saint Luke¿s Foundation of Cleveland, the George Gund Foundation, and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor¿s Office.
Leah is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the School of Urban Affairs, within the College of Education and Public Affairs at Cleveland State University. Her teaching areas include undergraduate level courses in nonprofit leadership and administration, urban studies and the African American experience.
Leah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and culture from Howard University and a Master of Arts in nonprofit administration from John Carroll University.
In 2022, Cleveland Mayor Justin M. Bibb appointed Leah to the Cleveland Board of Education. In addition, Leah also currently serves as a board member of Birthing Beautiful Communities, The Land, and Cleveland VOTES.
Leah takes pride in advocating for post-secondary access, historically Black colleges and universities and the upliftment of southeast-side Cleveland neighborhoods, where she lives with her husband and their two children.