Leda Cunningham


Leda Cunningham
Leda Cunningham, headshot, portrait
Leda Cunningham
Conserving Marine Life in the United States
The Pew Charitable Trusts


Leda Cunningham leads Pew’s work in North Carolina to protect and restore coastal habitats, including seagrass, oysters, and wetlands, that will promote healthy fisheries and resilient ecosystems in the face of climate change. She is based in Morehead City, North Carolina.

She previously served as executive director of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation, where she led fundraising and strategic planning initiatives and managed a team of staff and volunteers whose achievements included developing the world’s largest database of marine life sightings derived from citizen science. Before that, Cunningham coordinated outreach to the scuba diving community for the National Environmental Trust.

Cunningham holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Macalester College and master’s degrees in business administration and global environmental policy from American University.