Leora Hanser most recently served as Senior Vice President, Partnerships at the National Geographic Society, creating substantial strategic partnerships with individuals, organizations, foundations and corporations increasing and diversifying the philanthropic portfolio of the Society.
Prior to joining National Geographic, Hanser served as chief of staff in the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Partnerships for the City of New York. In this capacity, she led and coordinated private sector engagement and philanthropic activities across 75 city agencies and 12 city-affiliated nonprofit organizations in support of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration. She also oversaw and advised city-affiliated nonprofits, driving fundraising and engaging with boards of directors.
Prior to joining the de Blasio administration, Hanser was interim chief executive officer for the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF) in the United Kingdom. She also worked as director of campaigns and advocacy at Save the Children UK, where she spearheaded global advocacy efforts and mobilized resources to support the organization’s newborn and child survival initiatives. She also served as director of development and external affairs at the Hansard Society, one of the U.K.’s foremost political and research nonprofits.
Hanser began her career in politics and advocacy, working for the office of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, the New York League of Conservation Voters and local political campaigns.
She received an A.B. in political science from Barnard College, Columbia University, and later a M.S. in Social Policy Research from the London School of Economics and Political Science.