Leighton builds and maintains relationships with Echoing Green's institutional funders. She has worked with NYC nonprofits Common Cents and Synergos and in advertising sales for a national media corporation. Leighton graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University with a BA in English and holds certificates in Business Management from Columbia Business School and Nonprofit Management from Duke University. She also completed a year of full-time service with AmeriCorps at a health care nonprofit in Charlotte, NC. Recently she’s been training for the New York City half-marathon.