Leisel Whitlock Petersen is a non-profit development professional with more than 15 years of experience in fundraising, volunteer management, program administration, and audience engagement. Leisel has an undergraduate degree in Fine Art from Georgia State University and a Masters in Arts Policy and Administrations from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Before joining Girls Leadership, Leisel worked for a diverse range of organizations across many different non-profit sectors, such as Arts and Culture, Social Services, and Education. In addition to her fundraising work, Leisel also has an active studio art practice and exhibits her nationally. She lives in San Leandro with her husband, two sons and a dog named Jackie Chiles.