Anna Withrow Leisher
Planning and Project Manager
Anna Withrow Leisher is Riverlife’s Riverfront Planning and Project Manager. As Riverlife’s on-the-ground project contact, she works to keep our projects moving. Anna is passionate about implementing inclusive participatory design processes that help us to create well-used and well-loved riverfronts that are buzzing with diverse ecological and public life.
Formally trained as an educator and landscape architect, Anna has several years’ experience in river-focused civic engagement throughout the region. In Anna’s previous role working with the Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University, she worked on riverfront restoration and brownfield redevelopment projects throughout West Virginia. She worked to develop and manage several programs, including the State’s Mon River Towns Program, as well as their Brownfields Grant Training Series. Anna has also played a key role in riverfront and rail-to-trail redevelopment efforts throughout the tri-state region. Anna earned her master’s degree in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design at West Virginia University. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and public school teaching experience.
As a former whitewater paddler and avid mountain biker, Anna is now enjoying Western Pennsylvania family life. Anna and her young family enjoy exploring the area’s urban and wild spaces via foot, bike, and boat.