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Lea Blackwell Favor, Operations Director

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Lea has spent her career working with young people from under-resourced communities and thrives in settings that are youth-centered, culturally-responsive and academically enriching. With over 20 years of experience in academia and in the nonprofit sector, Lea strives to make a difference and give back to the community.

Lea brings her expertise in nonprofit operations, event planning, and equity and inclusion to SVP. Prior to joining the SVP team, she worked at The Blake School and as an executive director for two small nonprofits in the Twin Cities. Lea completed both her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Minnesota where she was also a member of the women’s basketball team. Lea has completed additional professional development certificates in Nonprofit Management at Harvard Business School’s Executive Education and the University of St. Thomas.

Lea loves playing tennis, spending time with her three beautiful daughters, and if it involves sun, warm weather and an ocean, she is in her happy place.