Cheryl Leanza

Cheryl Leanza has been a member of IFFP since 2002 – the year before she and her husband, Jeremy Marcus, were married.  Cheryl and Jeremy have two children, Josie and Davi in 1st and 4th grades.  Cheryl was raised Catholic. Over the years, Cheryl has been involved in the IFFP young adult group (before kids), led an IFFP book club, on the welcoming committee, and in the last 7 years has taught Sunday school for the 3s, 4s, and 1st grade. Cheryl has served on a number of small non-profit boards over the last 15 years and has worked primarily in the non-profit sector.  Professionally, Cheryl runs her own solo consulting firm specializing in communications policy advocacy for non-profits, www.alearnedhand.com.  Her long-time client is the United Church of Christ’s historic media advocacy ministry, UCC OC Inc., which advocates for media and communications policies that empower people of color, women, the LGBTQ community and all historically disenfranchised people.  She also advises one of the largest and oldest civil rights coalitions on communications policy issues.  Cheryl is the co-creator of the Faithful Internet net neutrality campaign and has led successful public policy campaigns to establish low power community radio and end predatory prison phone rates.