Experienced Business & Civic Leader
Leah Ersoylu is running to serve as the Newport Mesa Unified School District Trustee, Area 1. She has a passion and commitment to help all kids learn, explore, and thrive.
Leah is a problem solver and a natural consensus-builder. As the mother of a young child in the Newport-Mesa School District, she is an engaged parent, working to bring more parent voices into the fold. Professionally, she is a researcher by training and believes data should drive decision-making—especially in education. She has dedicated her career to supporting youth development, education, and health organizations by designing programs and measuring impact. She is especially proud of her work engaging communities in the policy process.
She currently serves on the Newport Mesa Unified School Human Relations Task Force (HRTF), District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC), and District Wellness Committee.
She is an active member of the PTA, the California School Education Foundation (CSEF), the English Learner Advisory Council (ELAC), and the School Site Council. She has led efforts to not only make certain that decisions are based on the best data available but that they are also inclusive of community input.
Since 2007, Leah has been the President of Ersoylu Consulting, a small business helping nonprofit organizations and foundations. Throughout her career, she has focused her energy on ensuring health, social, and educational programs meet the needs of children and families in cost-effective and innovative ways. She has served multi-million dollar public agencies and foundations, ensuring the correct resourcing of programs to maximize their impact. She is a member of the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce and volunteers her expertise to the Costa Mesa Early Childhood Coalition.
She earned her PhD in Political Science with a focus on Public Policy from the University of California, Irvine and her BA in Resource Economics from the University of New Hampshire. As an educator, she has taught at UCI, CSULB, and Chapman University. In addition, she has trained hundreds of organizations in best practices in research, policy advocacy, and community engagement. She regularly conducts pro-bono trainings for nonprofit executives at OneOC, a nonprofit capacity building center.
Leah has a strong track record of serving her community. As a resident of Costa Mesa for nearly 20 years, she has served the City of Costa Mesa as an appointee to the Parks & Recreation Commission, Walkability and Bike Committee, and Housing and Public Services Grants Committee.
Leah is a volunteer coach for the City of Costa Mesa Be Fit Basketball program at California Elementary School. She currently serves on the Policy Advisory Committee of the Community Health Initiative of Orange County. She also volunteers for her daughter’s Girls Scout Brownie troop. She previously served on the St. Joseph Health Community Partnership Fund.