Leah Mesnildrey

Leah was born in Dublin, Ireland, during the final years of The Troubles. She later moved to Brussels, Belgium, and grew up in the heart of the European Union. She graduated from the European School of Brussels, ready to exercise the doctrine of « educated side by side, untroubled from infancy by divisive prejudices, acquainted with all that is great and good in the different cultures » (Decombis). She joined the Euro-American Program of Sciences Po Paris, France, in 2015 where she developed a strong interest for the field of development. She is currently doing the last year of her Bachelor abroad, at CU Boulder. During her travels, she cannot help but analyze the political, economic, and social systems that operate in different parts of the world. Eternally curious and passionate, Leah hopes to dedicate her life and career to the benefit of all.



Micaela Navarro

Micaela is a CU undergraduate student completing a double major in Strategic Communications and Women and Gender Studies. She was born and raised in La Paz, Bolivia, where she developed her passion for helping others and contributing to environmental initiatives. Micaela is a bilingual student, fluent in both Spanish and English, which has always been beneficial for the multiple projects she has been involved with throughout her life. These projects extend from being president of the Operation Smile chapter in La Paz, to being founder of the Carbon Cutters, a group focused on the education of carbon footprint reduction. Now that she has started a new life in Colorado, Micaela is thrilled to be part of LEEP as it is an organization with great environmental impact all around the world.


Erik Johnson

Erik is currently taking a semester off from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studies chemistry and philosophy, to intern for LEEP. Armed with his skis, he came out to Boulder to learn more about LEEP’s integrative and subnational approach to inspiring policy changes. Erik is committed to sustainable development and environmental conservation. He brings two years of experience from a nonprofit called Solar Head of State (SHOS) that he joined at its beginning stages. SHOS coordinated solar installations on prominent government buildings in small island nations to increase visibility of clean energy and help national leaders champion their commitment to renewable energy. He spent his previous semester studying agricultural value chains and forest management in western Tanzania. Erik also speaks French and is originally from Rockville, Maryland.