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Katie Leonberger

President and Chief Executive Officer

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Meet Katie. Katie is the President and CEO of CRE. In addition to her role leading the organization, Katie specializes in organizational development, innovation, risk engagement and planning. 

All the important info. Before joining CRE, Katie was a senior leader on the Government Innovation team at Bloomberg Philanthropies, where she led initiatives to promote public sector innovation and spread ideas among cities. She led and scaled Cities of Service before it spun out of the foundation. She also developed and launched new programs, including the Mayors Challenge – a prize competition that encourages local governments to develop bold solutions to city problems that expanded abroad. Her private sector experience includes serving as a consultant at McKinsey & Company – where she focused on organizational development and strategy for foundations and financial institutions – and a senior analyst at Cornerstone Research, an economics consulting firm. Katie serves on the boards of Cities of Service and Morgan Stanley GIFT (Global Impact Funding Trust), and as Board Chair of the Microlumbia Fund, a nonprofit impact investing fund she co-founded at Columbia Business School that invests in and provides pro bono consulting services to microfinance institutions and social enterprises. She holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and an M.A. in international policy studies, as well as a dual B.A. in economics and international relations with honors, both from Stanford University.

Other cool stuff she has done. Katie was one of New York Nonprofit Media’s “40 Under 40” Rising Stars in 2016 and is an Adjunct Professor at NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She authored the chapter “Key Drivers of Successful Implementation of Mayor-led Impact Volunteering Strategies in American Cities” in National Service and Volunteerism: Achieving Impact in Our Communities (2015).

You might not know that Katie lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is on a quest to find the perfect baked good now that she no longer has an Amy’s Bread in her neighborhood.

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