Ileana joined the Center full-time in 2015 after serving as a Consultant to the organization for the previous five years. She, along with her West Coast counterpart, oversees the major gifts team. Ileana is also responsible for the Northeast -Mid Atlantic region and the Southeast region of the United States.
Before working at the Center, Ileana was the principal of Lee Associates from 1996-2015, a New York and Washington, DC based fundraising consulting firm. She provided a full range of development services to a broad base of nonprofit and advocacy clients
Ileana graduated from American University where she earned her MA in Communications and from the University of Pennsylvania where she received her BA in political science.