Katie Hae Leo


Director of Philanthropy



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Katie Hae Leo comes to Charleston from Phoenix, where she was the Associate Director of Philanthropy at the ACLU Arizona affiliate. Katie has over 15 years in nonprofit development experience, including grant writing for multiple arts organizations in Minnesota as well as national arts groups.  Most recently she was the Annual Giving Manager at Chrysalis Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence, where she oversaw annual fundraising appeals, grants acquisitions, and high-end silent and live auctions for a net in excess of $1M annually. She graduated from DePauw University with a Bachelors of Arts in English, and obtained a M.F.A in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities). In a former life, she had an active career as a writer and actor.

“I am excited to move to South Carolina, a state my parents have called home for over 30 years, and work with the ACLU South Carolina affiliate. Since last year’s election, we have seen an onslaught of threats to civil liberties, and the need for the ACLU’s work has never been greater. But we have also seen an unprecedented response from our community of members and supporters through direct action, financial contributions, and deeper engagement. I am eager to get to know the community in South Carolina and work together with you to advance equity and justice. And of course, as someone who grew up in the land-locked Midwest and currently lives in the desert, I can’t wait to eat good seafood and enjoy the beach whenever I want!” 

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