Leigh Quarles, MPH, serves as network officer for the endowment providing grant management and strategic support for strategies with a focus on health and social equity. Before joining the endowment, she served as Impact Strategist at the Health Forward Foundation in Kansas City MO, where she worked on the people strategy area focused on strengthening capacity and effectiveness of partners to provide whole person, equity centered care; advanced equity-centered innovation and infrastructure across the community health ecosystem; championed an inclusive and culturally responsive workforce and advocated for policies that improved health.
Leigh is a public health practitioner and researcher who has spent most of her career focused on defining and intervening on social determinants of health. She has worked with Missouri Area Health Education Center, the Community Engagement Resource at Columbia University Medical Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York University, National Children’s Oral Health Foundation, and The University of Kansas Medical center.
Leigh has a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Behavior from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree in public health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.