Leanne Skooglund

Leanne Skooglund

Development Director

I’m the Development Director at SAL, which means I lead the charge in connecting SAL with people who are excited about what we do, why we do it, and who want to work together with us to help make it all happen. I feel very lucky because I get to meet and talk with people from all walks of life about what they care about most. I was born in Yakima, which makes me at least a 5th generation Washingtonian via one thread of the family tree. When I’m not at SAL, I can be found dancing, fiddling, and of course, reading. One of my favorite SAL events (among many favorites) was with James McBride and The Good Lord Bird Band at Town Hall in 2015. I just loved it when everyone got up on their feet to clap and sway and sing with the music together. My favorite book as a kid was The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg—what’s not to love? A big sister (like me) convinces her little brother to leave home and live on their own for a week in the Met, which they manage to do without being caught—and they conduct extensive research to solve a mystery that the grown-ups hadn’t figured out. When I finally visited the Met for the first time, I imagined the two of them in every room.