Meet the Leadership Academy: Hal Leshner

The Leadership Academy is JRA’s new non-profit leadership boot camp for young people looking to become more involved at JRA.

Together, the 11 participants of the aleph class are utilizing their unique talents to advance our common cause — supporting the neediest members of our community.

We sat down with one participant, Hal, to learn more about him and the program:

Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college?

I grew up in Plymouth Meeting. I went to Penn State University and currently live in Philadelphia.

What’s your day job?

I am a private investigator.

Why are you part of the Leadership Academy?

I am a part of the Leadership Academy because I want to learn all there is to know about JRA besides just boxing food once a month.

What kinds of projects are you hoping to work on with JRA?

I really like the JRAid initiative they are doing. I think that it is just as important as delivering food and it can definitely be expanded.

If there’s one thing you could change about the world, what would it be?

Removing the stigma of being a Philadelphia Sports fan — and ending hunger

Are there any special JRA memories you’d like to share? Why do you enjoy working at JRA?

My favorite JRA memory is one of my first — I met my fiancée while in line boxing food at a distribution. Because of this, JRA will always have a special place in my heart.

Tell me about a project or event this year that you are really proud of

I really enjoyed our final project in May with our Leadership Class. We had a sincere down-to-earth conversation with JRA board members and really helped set a path for our future with the organization.

What’s your favorite song to listen to in the warehouse during distribution dates?

Any music that pumps you up and keeps you going. Lately, I’ve been working on the loading dock area and don’t always hear the music.

What’s your favorite dessert?

Chocolate chip cookies for sure!

Come meet Hal and the rest of the Leadership Academy at our next distribution!

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