Co-Founder, Executive Director of Base
Relentless Optimist, Philosophical Toast Giver, Perpetual Planner.
Faith Leener is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Base. She is also the Senior Educator at Base: BKLYN. As Executive Director, Faith oversees the growing network of Bases and is the lead on Base's strategic development, talent aquisition and expansion efforts. She regularly lectures about the evolving needs of "emerging adulthood," the impact and successful engagement and educational strategies of Base, and her vision for reimagining the Rabbinic pulpit.
Prior to her roles with the Base team, Faith was a New York City Urban Fellow where she worked as a policy analyst at the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau. She has also held numerous positions in Jewish experiential education, including her role at the NYU Bronfman Center. In college Faith was a co-founder of the Green Opportunity Action Leadership Network, a nonprofit that enabled high-risk Boston youth to work in the green sector. She has also worked as a consultant, researcher, and facilitator.
Faith grew up in Charlotte, NC, the daughter of two physicians. Faith is currently involved in Immerse NYC, a collaborative Mikvah project, and is on the Board of Directors of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies.
Faith holds a BA Phi Beta Kappa from Brandeis University, an MPA in Public Policy & Non-Profit Management from NYU Wagner and a MA in Judaic Studies from NYU Skirball. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Rabbi Jon Leener, and her two delicious children, Yehuda (Hudi), and Hannah.