Leigh Phillips, Director of ACT Learning
Leigh is a Sulphur, Louisiana native and first-generation college graduate of LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication. She was a 2013 Teach For America-South Louisiana corps member who taught fifth grade English language arts and social studies in Ascension Parish and at Baton Rouge College Prep Charter School. As a founding team member at Baton Rouge College Prep, Leigh completed Relay Graduate School of Education’s National Principals Academy Fellowship.
Leigh now works as the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition’s director of ACT learning. In this role, she oversees all ACT preparation efforts and provides instructional guidance to BRYC’s program facilitators. Beyond ACT, Leigh plays a key role in BRYC’s fundraising efforts, driving all grant writing and donor management. Outside the office, Leigh serves on Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s Women‘s Advancement Commission, has volunteered as a College Mentor at BRYC, and was a member of New Schools for Baton Rouge’s inaugural CHANGEMAKERS class. Her passions include her rescue dogs, Pippa and Gertrude, all things LSU, and her “side-hustle” as an online English-as-a-second-language teacher to students in China.