Rich Leimsider is the Executive Director of Safe Passage Project, a nonprofit organization that provides free lawyers to immigrant children in the NYC-area who face deportation back to life-threatening situations, despite their strong legal claim to stay in the US. SPP currently supports 580+ children each year with 16 full-time staff and the help of 400+ pro bono attorneys.
Previously, Rich was an independent consultant, advising on issues of strategy, fundraising, board engagement and program design. As VP of Fellowship Programs at Echoing Green he grew a team of two to a team of 10, raised $15 million in new funding, and created new programs on Climate Change and Black Male Achievement. Rich previously spent five years at the Aspen Institute, where he served as Founding Director of the Center for Business Education. His path was shaped as a social worker in Texas and as a New York City Urban Fellow where his responsibilities included oiling a drainpipe at a homeless shelter so that drug dealers could not climb up. His failed entrepreneurial venture involved organizing Peace Corps and Americorps alumni into a new sort of civic association.
Rich currently serves as a board member with myAgro, a fast growing West African agricultural finance organization. He is an advisor to The D-Prize, AshokaU and Arbor Brothers. His most recent piece at the Harvard Business Review is “Five Bad Reasons to Start a For-Profit Social Enterprise.”
He is rapidly losing proficiency in French and fluency in Mandarin and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and children.