Leah Walkowski served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Uganda, promoting youth empowerment and gender equality among local communities. She speaks Acholi, the language of Northern Uganda, and is conversant in Kiswahili. After returning from Uganda, she worked for the YMCA to promote positive youth development in Minneapolis. She holds a BS in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a master of global affairs student, Leah was the recipient of a Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship and a Riley Fellowship.