WASHINGTON (March 23, 2017)—The National Geographic Society today announced the appointment of Leora Hanser to the new role of Senior Vice President, Partnerships. In this capacity, Hanser will be responsible for building alliances with individuals, organizations, foundations and corporations to increase and diversify funding for the nonprofit National Geographic Society. She will report to Gary E. Knell, the Society’s president and chief executive officer, and will be a member of the organization’s senior leadership team.
Most recently, Hanser served as chief of staff in the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Partnerships for the City of New York. In this capacity, she led and coordinated private sector engagement and philanthropic activities across 75 city agencies and 12 city-affiliated nonprofit organizations in support of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration. She also oversaw and advised city-affiliated nonprofits, driving fundraising and engaging with boards of directors.
In addition, her responsibilities included identifying and crafting partnerships between major corporations, foundations and individual philanthropists for public-private initiatives. By establishing and cultivating key relationships with diverse partners, including Unilever, Inc.; Scholastic, Inc.; the U.S. Soccer Foundation; the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and more, she helped secure tens of millions of dollars in support of a variety of community-based initiatives in New York City.