Leah Palmer

Adjunct Faculty

Office: TC 50


480-688-9801 (mobile)


Leah is the Executive Director of the Arizona Advanced Manufacturing Institute at Mesa Community College (MCC), funded by a 2.5M Department of Labor TAACCCT grant, Leah is responsible for increasing the capacity at MCC to better serve the Advanced Manufacturing and Aerospace industry. She will be developing new opportunities for resource partnerships, and assisting faculty in implementing effective workforce programs. Leah brings to this position over 25 years of hands-on experience forging workforce, education, and community partnerships.

In addition, Leah has been at Mesa Community College for 15 years in a variety of roles:

As the first Director of MCC’s new Center for Workforce and Community Partnerships, she has developed program strategies for both Workforce Development and the Continuing Education departments that have resulted in credit-bearing customized industry education and training, an increase in noncredit enrollments and increased revenues for the college. Her expertise includes: communications, strategic planning, building training and development curriculum, community engagement and advancing partnership development.

Associate Director for Community Partnerships, Center for Public Policy, where she provided executive leadership for community partnership programs, project management, and resource development for programs, projects and public policy initiatives.

Grant Administrator/Communities Learning in Partnership (CLIP) Grant – where she spearheaded, in partnership with Mesa Public Schools and the City of Mesa, the successful drive to secure a nationally competitive Bill & Melinda Gates grant, resulting in a $250K planning grant as well as a $3M implementation grant. Now branded the “Mesa Counts on College” initiative the goal is to institute systemic changes to enhance the college completion rate of low income youth.

Adjunct Faculty, Communications Department – Mesa Community College and Boise State University.


Degrees & Awards


Master of Arts, Organizational Communication – Training & Development

Arizona State University, College of Public Programs, Tempe, Arizona

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