MPA Fellows, Class of 2021
Senior Grants Operations Manager, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Leah N. Wade comes to the University of Connecticut’s MPA Fellows Program with a career dedicated to public service.
Over the past decade, Wade has worked in numerous capacities within the nonprofit sector including private foundation services, donor development and community outreach. Wade began her career in community development as an AmeriCorps Member with the Local Initiative Support Corporation.
Wade is the Senior Grants Operations Manager at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving where she manages the grants administration unit in processing over $35 million annually. Wade oversees all aspects of grantmaking operations, from concept through award closure, including regulatory compliance requirements, ensuring that all grant applications and award payments adhere to foundation policies, national standards and IRS regulations.
Wade is a native of Houston, Texas and a graduate of Texas A&M University.