Leigh is the communications specialist for the team, responsible for maintaining the website and blog, social media, and newsletters, as well as internal communications and some reporting functions. She grew up on a family grain farm in northwest Iowa, and received a bachelor of arts degree in communications and journalism from the University of Northern Iowa in 1982.
Leigh has worked in television, radio, newspapers, magazines, public relations, and as a freelance editor and designer. She served as director of Iowa Farmers Union from 2003 – 2008, and executive director of Women, Food and Agriculture Network from 2008 – 2014. She and her husband live in Ames, and have two grown sons.