LeAp is thrilled to be welcoming Rich Souto as Executive Director. Rich has 14 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector, serving youth and families in NYC’s most underserved communities with high quality education and enrichment programs.  Throughout his career, Rich has managed all aspects of operations including programs, finance, and infrastructure departments, and has held leadership roles 
during various stages of organizational development including start up, transition, growth and new site expansion.

Prior to joining LeAp, Rich was the Chief Operating Officer of Harlem RBI and DREAM Charter School, a community-based organization and school serving over 2,000 young people from pre-k to college. Rich was also previously Executive Director of New Heights Youth, an organization that offers year-round educational and sports programs to young people in New York City. 
“I am inspired by the extraordinary achievements of co-founders Ila Lane Gross and Alice Krieger, and am excited to build on their accomplishments to advance the organization’s mission, deliver great programs, and lead LeAp into its next phase of impact.”

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