Currently, Leigh is a security engineer at Slack. Besides her extensive background in computer security, she brings a wealth of experience in community activism, including serving as a founding advisor of the Ada Initiative, which “supported women in open technology and culture.”
Among Leigh’s other social contributions, she founded Toronto’s HackLabTO, a community space with a diverse membership that includes artists, computer programmers, web designers, and hardware hackers, and Seattle Attic Community Workshop, a place “where people of any gender gather to work, teach, learn, and collaborate.” She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Equity Studies from the University of Toronto.
Leigh’s combination of digital security expertise and community involvement make her a fantastic addition to OTF’s Advisory Council, and we look forward to her insights and contributions.
OTF’s independent Advisory Council is made up of global experts from academia, the technology industry, well-known free expression defenders, and technologists with a deep knowledge of human rights, Internet freedom and technology. Advisory Council members voluntarily review and provide feedback to OTF staff on projects applying for OTF funding.
You can learn more about OTF’s proposal evaluation process here.