Homeport Employee Profile: Leah Evans

Leah Evans

Leah Evans

Title:  Director of Home Ownership & Neighborhood Revitalization

Responsibilities: I oversee the financing, development and implementation of Homeport’s neighborhood revitalization initiatives, including new construction and rehabilitation of for-sale single-family housing projects, owner occupied rehabilitation projects, and community beautification and improvement projects. 

What do you like most about the organization?

It gives me tremendous pride to be a part of an organization that has impacted thousands of lives over the past 30 years.  Through the development of housing and the provision of services we create healthy neighborhoods and establish a foundation for strong families and individuals.

What have you done in your career that you are most proud of, or that people may not be aware of?

I have a Master’s of Arts degree in City & Regional Planning from The Ohio State University and have been blessed with wonderful working experiences. Before I came to Homeport in 2013, I worked for the City of Gahanna as well as the Ohio Department of Development (now the Ohio Development Services Agency).

I am most proud of the business owners I have worked with, homeowners I’ve helped and youth I’ve tutored, mentored and coached.

One of the jobs that taught me the most was my time as a substitute teacher for Columbus City Schools. Being the new person every day, with different schools, administrators, teachers and students, I built a resilience that I think serves me to this day. You have to be grounded in what you know and your abilities to perform in that space.  Being a “sub” also allowed me to visit Columbus’ many neighborhoods. Not being from Columbus (I am from Cleveland Heights) it was a great opportunity to learn more about the fabric of this City and the communities that make it unique. 

Favorite things I do outside of work?

I love spending time with family and friends in Columbus and Cleveland (Go Cavs!) Exercising is a passion — for over 15 years I have been a group exercise instructor. Reading is a favorite hobby. I have been a member of the Rose Petals Book Club for over 10 years. I prefer mysteries.