In her most recent role at the School of International Service at American University, Leila served as the first ever Manager for Research Promotion and Outreach. She worked with faculty members and PhD students to raise the profile of SIS research to relevant constituencies, including public policy institutions and potential funders. She closely coordinated with SIS scholars to showcase their work on various online platforms, designed workshops on increasing citations and research impact, as well as orchestrated book launches and manuscript incubators. She previously served as an Assistant Director at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC, where she managed the Washington Meetings Program in designing and executing events for CFR members, press, and the general public. Prior to her time there, she was a project associate with the RAND Corporation, focusing on the Middle East and Central Asia. Leila graduated from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in 2010 with an M.A. in International Affairs and earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 2005.