Leila is the program manager for Design Your Own Fellowships at Equal Justice Works.
She is passionate about reforming legal systems and governmental practices and policies to protect and promote human rights and has a background in human rights, peacebuilding, good governance, transitional justice, and public interest law. Leila most recently worked at the United States Institute of Peace and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, focusing on Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger. She has served in a variety of project, program, and grant management roles at non-profits, international non-governmental organizations, international organizations, and think tanks in the US and abroad.
Leila holds a Master complémentaire en droits de l’homme (Advanced Master in Human Rights) jointly awarded by the faculties of law of l’Université catholique de Louvain, l’Université de Namur and l’Université Saint-Louis. She earned a Master of Arts in German and European Studies from Georgetown University, with a concentration in Human Rights, Peacebuilding, and Rule of Law, and with certificates in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies and Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Legal Studies, and Slavic Studies from Northwestern University.
Besides English, Leila speaks French and some Czech, Spanish, and Swedish. She’s also a professional dancer, specializing in contemporary and jazz.