Leah Wilson

Associate Director of the Appalachian Center for Civic Life Appalachian Center

Leah grew up in Damascus, Virginia, graduating from local Holston High School. In 2010, she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Religion from High Point University in North Carolina. Following graduation, she become a 2010 corps member of Teach For America where she was placed in Phoenix, Arizona. During this time, she served as a special education, math, and STEM teacher to high school students while simultaneously earning a Masters Degree in Special Education from Arizona State University. She also has experience coaching athletics such as Cross Country, Soccer, and Track & Field as well as teaching group fitness classes with Virtual Fitness for Women. After 8 lovely years in Phoenix, Leah and her partner packed up and traveled abroad for 450 days, visiting 36 countries. Post traveling, she landed back in her childhood home of Damascus, Virginia on a farm surrounded by beef cattle and green pastures. 

Personally, Leah enjoys being outside in the mountains, trail running, and traveling. She is thrilled to return to her Appalachian home and honored to be working with the Appalachian Center for Civic Life! 

Secondary Title:

Professor of Civic Innovation


High Point University, High Point, NC -

B.S. Mathematics

B.A. Religion 

Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ-

M.Ed. Special Education 

I can help with:

Getting you connected to projects and opportunities at the Appalachian Center for Civic Life. 

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” 

-Anaïs Nin


Appalachian Center for Civic Life