Kaleigh was born and raised in Brockton, Massachusetts. She was an Honors student and Boren Scholar recipient at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Chinese.
After graduating college, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for The Montana Racial Equity Project in Bozeman, Montana. As a VISTA, Kaleigh co-facilitated numerous antiracism and bystander intervention trainings and spearheaded the organization’s fundraising campaigns and donor management. In recognition of her work, she was awarded the honor of Forward Montana Foundation’s 25 Under 25 Award.
After her year of service, Kaleigh pursued two graduate degrees at Brandeis University: M.A. in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence and M.A. in History. She was also the recipient of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy Fellowship and fulfilled her fellowship interning at the Hyams Foundation, assisting with updating their financial manual.
Upon graduation from both graduate degrees, Kaleigh moved back to Montana to serve as the Deputy Director of The Montana Racial Equity Project before joining the team at Pride Foundation.
In her free time, Kaleigh enjoys cooking, running, window shopping, and adult coloring books even though she still has trouble staying within the lines.
Favorite Place in the Northwest: Anywhere there’s brunch!
Favorite Quote: “Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. I use the word ‘love’ here not merely in the personal sense but as a state of being, or a state of grace—not in the infantile American sense of being made happy but in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring and growth.” -James Baldwin