For release: August 29, 2012
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Courtney Leon has joined the University of Memphis as director of programs for the
Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (IPNL). The IPNL is part of the
Division of Public and Nonprofit Administration. Its goal is to promote effective
philanthropy, advance nonprofit leadership practice, and strengthen the nonprofit
sector through education and research.
Leon had been part of the Hyde Family Foundations team for six years, and had served
as grants and communications manager since 2008. During her tenure at the Foundations,
she managed the administration of more than $20 million in annual gifts, supporting
the Foundations’ work to strategically build a better Memphis for future generations.
Leon streamlined the Foundations’ application and reporting processes and implemented
an online application system. She also oversaw a rebranding effort and the production
of numerous communications collaterals in an effort to showcase the work of the Foundations’
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Leon graduated from The Ohio State University in 2002
with a degree in women’s studies. Her passion for social justice took her to Central
America, where she studied gender and social change through the Center for Global
Since her arrival in Memphis, Leon has served as a mentor and teacher for various
nonprofit organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis, Youth
Villages, La Maestra and the Academy Tutoring Project.