Leigh grew up amongst the hills, lakes, and farms of rural Upstate New York. Having nurtured a love for both the natural sciences and theatre throughout high school, she followed her career into the arts with a BFA in Music Theatre from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. Leigh found success in film and commercial acting in New York City and, after spending ten years in the Big Apple, evolved into non-profit arts fundraising and management. Having since lived and worked in Vermont, Virginia, and Tennessee, she has called the Golden State home since moving to San Diego, CA in 2015 with her growing family. Leigh brought her skills in strategic planning, educational program development and management, and resource development to UC San Diego as the co-creator and Program Director of the PATHways to STEM (PATHS) Program, a competitive scholarship program for under-resourced and underrepresented minority students in STEM, developed in collaboration with Dr. Gentry N. Patrick, Professor of Neurobiology. In January 2019, she moved to Pacific Grove with her husband, Teddy, and two young children, James and Clara. In addition to spending time with her family and exploring the wilderness of Monterey County, Leigh enjoys serving as a Board Member of the Monterey County Film Commission and is interested in developing opportunities to blend the arts and sciences.