Jeanne Leccese new NRGC Executive Director
The Niagara River Greenway Commission announced in September 2016 that Jeanne Leccese has joined as Executive Director. Most recently, Jeanne served as Senior Research Associate at the University at Buffalo Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab. She coordinated Growing Food Connections, a federally-funded national multi-year project that integrates research, education, and policy engagement activities with teams across seven states and multiple public, private and civic organizations. She earned her Master’s in Urban Planning from the University at Buffalo. Jeanne’s undergraduate degree is from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY where she studied Sociology.
Jeanne brings with her significant experience in food systems planning, planning for public health, housing, and community development. Previously, Jeanne served as the Project Coordinator for Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play, an initiative of the Human Service Coalition of Tompkins County in Ithaca, New York. In this position, Jeanne was responsible for coordinating the work of multiple public and private sector partners to execute strategies promoting healthy eating and active living in Ithaca and its surrounding county. Prior to this, Jeanne served as a Senior Planner for Tompkins County, NY, where she was steeped in the practice of local government planning which focused on three primary areas of planning on a county-wide level: (1) implementation of the County’s affordable housing strategies, (2) managing the economic development efforts offered through the Tompkins County Planning Department and (3) overseeing land management practices for County-owned land.