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Welcome, Lea Madry!

NFSN Staff Monday, May 15, 2017
The National Farm to School Network is excited to welcome Lea Madry to our team as Development Director! As a long-time social impact leader, both in nonprofit board roles and in philanthropy, Lea brings a deep well of fundraising experience to NFSN. Lea’s passion for farm to school comes from her belief that all kids deserve access to healthy food and communities and farmers alike thrive by emphasizing local, fresh food sourcing. 

Prior to joining the National Farm to School Network, Lea worked in development at several nonprofit organizations that support low-income communities, most recently the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and Bottom Line. Lea has also advised some of the nation’s largest nonprofits on development and marketing during her time as a nonprofit consultant at Plenty. While in consulting, one of Lea’s focus areas was peer-to-peer fundraising, through which she helped nonprofits of all sizes engage people in supporters’ networks to expand organizational reach and revenue. Earlier in her career, Lea was a finance attorney at the Chicago office of a large national law firm. During her time in practice, she held board leadership roles in nonprofits dedicated to creating access to the legal profession for diverse communities. She ultimately left the legal profession to pursue her commitment to social justice and empowering low-income communities by leveraging her development experience. An Ohio native, Lea is a proud first-generation college graduate who has a BA in sociology from the Ohio State University and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School. 

As NFSN’s Development Director, Lea will lead the organization’s strategic growth and manage the strategy and execution of all development efforts. In addition to growing traditional revenue streams such as individual giving, events, corporate partnerships and grants, Lea is charged with leading the implementation of NFSN’s emerging earned income and social investment strategies. 

Lea lives outside of Chicago with her husband James and their cat Duchess. She spends her weekends brunching, making condiments (and all things) from scratch while listening to NPR, watching sports, and exploring the treasures of her public library and local public parks.

Lea is based in Illinois. Reach out to her with your development questions, to brainstorm solutions to fundraising challenges, to share you successes or to find out how you can collaborate in raising awareness and money to support the farm to school movement. Send her a message or say hello at