La Keisha Leek is an administrator and artist advocate based in Chicago. With a love for operations and supporting nonprofits, she currently serves as Grants Management Administrator at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. In previous roles she has worked within nonprofit arts and higher education mission-driven organizations in Chicago and New York City. In 2019 she created L’Louise Arts to support the growth of early career Chicago-based artists and arts workers of color by providing thought partnership and economic resources. She is a founding member of Candor Collective, a group of creative practitioners interested in changing how we think about arts economies, and co-founder of The Petty Biennial with collaborator Sadie Woods.
In her spare time she enjoys watching cooking videos on YouTube and spending time with her partner and dog FLOTUS.