Meet Our New Executive Education Program Assistant

Leah Davis is the Executive Education Program Assistant for the 2017-2018 school year. Leah is a native North Carolinian and is excited to be back in state at Duke where she is pursuing a Master of Environmental Management with a concentration in Coastal Environmental Management (CEM) at the Nicholas School.  Leah is the CEM Class of 2019 representative, a position in which she acts as a liaison between CEM students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, Leah is the Lunchtime Seminar Coordinator for the Nicholas School’s Ocean Policy Working Group, a position in which she brings local speakers to the Nicholas School to discuss a variety of marine policy topics with students.

Leah graduated from UNC- Wilmington in 2013 with a B.S. in Environmental Science. During her first two years after college, she worked as a marine science educator in Rhode Island, North Carolina, California, and Virginia. Prior to coming to Duke, she spent two years working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Coastal program, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program, and the Director’s office.  She primarily worked on Chesapeake Bay-related issues, supporting NGO and government partnerships in writing and managing grants, developing inter-agency planning documents, and advancing the Service’s urban initiatives in Baltimore, MD.

After graduating from the MEM program, Leah plans to pursue a career in marine policy and management specifically focused on anthropogenic impacts on protected marine megafauna. In her minimal free time, she enjoys hiking, trail running, and obsessively reading environmental news.