Leanne Krueger-Braneky has received national attention for her skills in economic development, program development, and public policy. She has been invited to the White House Business Council on multiple occasions to advise them on the needs of local businesses. She is an enthusiastic fundraiser for causes she believes in, having raised the first $1M in equity as a volunteer to expand her local food coop and over $2.5M to grow her local community business network. For eight years, Leanne served as the first Executive Director of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN), growing it into a 400+ member business organization working to build a just, green, and thriving economy in the Greater Philadelphia region. Under her leadership, SBN became a key player in the quest to make Philadelphia the most sustainable city in the country, helping to attract more federal green jobs funding to Philadelphia than any other city in the country by building relationships between diverse stakeholders. Leanne’s efforts to reshape economic development practices Philadelphia were recognized when SBN was named Regional Economic Development Program of the Year by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission in 2011. Leanne has lived in and worked alongside diverse communities in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, New York City and South Africa. Leanne holds an MBA in Urban Economic Development from Eastern University and a BA from Rutgers University. She is a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, a 2009 Fellow of the Center for Progressive Leadership Program and a proud BALLE Fellow with the inaugural 2011-2012 Cohort.