LeAnna first learned the importance of public service in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she grew up. As a junior and high school student she became involved in addressing the issues of domestic violence, something she continues to be passionate about today.
LeAnna received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus on Government from the University of Texas at Austin. Following her graduation, LeAnna moved to Nacogdoches, Texas where she worked as a House Manager at the local battered women’s shelter before obtaining a position as a 3rd grade bilingual teacher. LeAnna taught school in this region of rural east Texas for two years before moving to Los Angeles to continue her teaching career. In Los Angeles, LeAnna taught 5th grade bilingual students. In 2001, she graduated from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. While in law school she helped create a domestic violence clinic. LeAnna also represented Federal and State prison inmates in civil actions such as child custody and parole hearings.
In 2002, LeAnna moved to Washington D.C. where she began a career in transportation and homeland security. LeAnna worked in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Department of Transportation and at Baker Botts, LLP. Since 2010 LeAnna has been a consultant representing states, cities, seaports and railroads on public financing of surface transportation capital projects. As a consultant, LeAnna is a small business owner who understands the challenges facing entrepreneurs.
Since moving to Jacksonville, LeAnna and her husband, Husein, have been deeply involved in the community. LeAnna is a Past President of the San Marco Preservation Society, where she brought together the community to support smart growth initiatives. LeAnna served as a mayoral appointee to the Board of the Kids Hope Alliance (formerly the Jacksonville Children’s Commission) serving two terms, most recently as co-Chair and Finance Chair. She also served as a Board Member of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Theatre Jacksonville, the Up & Cummers at the Cummer Museum, and co-chaired the 2017 Cummer Ball. LeAnna is a proud member of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2017.
LeAnna is currently licensed to practice law in California and Washington D.C.
She resides in San Marco with Husein, their two children (Jake and Penelope) and black lab (Scout).
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