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Leora Hanser

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Leora Hanser

Member of the Board of Trustees of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award

Leora Hanser is the Senior Vice President, Partnerships at the National Geographic Society, where she is responsible for fostering alliances with individuals, organizations, foundations and corporations to increase and diversify funding for the nonprofit Society.


Prior to assuming her current role, 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.


Additionally, as chief of staff, she identified and crafted partnerships between major corporations, foundations and individual philanthropists for public-private initiatives, including Unilever, Inc., Scholastic, Inc., the U.S. Soccer Foundation and Sesame Workshop.


Previously, Hanser was interim CEO for the Women’s Sports and Fitness Foundation (WSFF), director of campaigns and advocacy at Save the Children UK and a director of development and external affairs at the Hansard Society.


Hanser began her career working for the office of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. She received an A.B. in political science from Barnard College, Columbia University, and a M.S. in social policy research from the London School of Economics and Political Science.