Leigh Hanson

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Leigh Hanson works with local government partners across the country to develop FUSE fellowship projects that advance our partners’ highest priority initiatives. Leigh brings considerable experience in local government and the social sector to her role at FUSE.

Leigh previously served as Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto’s deputy chief of staff for economic development. She was responsible for managing the mayor’s philanthropic portfolio and numerous public-private partnerships. Leigh engaged with local and national foundations and generated significant private resources to support key city priorities.

Leigh has also worked in the philanthropic sector for almost 10 years, most recently at the Heinz Endowments, where she served as strategic projects advisor to the president. Prior to that role, she served at The Pittsburgh Foundation as special assistant to the president and CEO, where she helped to manage major initiatives, including Talent City and an executive recruitment and hiring partnership with the city’s new mayoral administration.

Leigh earned a B.A. in international affairs and economics from Lewis and Clark College. After serving with the Charitable Division of U.S. Bank, Leigh also earned a master’s degree in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University, with a focus on nonprofit management.