Born in 2002, Lea has lived in Jamaica Plain her entire life with her parents and twin sister. Lea’s experience being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of two has catalyzed
her interests in healthcare and science. Being helped by doctors and nurses her whole life has made her want to help others.
While working in City Hall in the office of Language and Communications Access the summer before her junior year, Lea saw how government work could intersect with other subjects. This sparked her interest in public health and how government and healthcare can work together to provide medical access to more people. At a young age, Lea saw her mom working in nonprofits, helping secure housing for the homeless and advocating for climate policy.
Later, she learned that her mother’s interests in public service were inspired by Jewish principles of community service, and took those same principles with her in her own volunteer work for climate advocacy. At Boston Latin School, Lea has joined clubs like Youth Climate Action Network (YouthCAN) and Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship (EPIIC) to continue advocacy work and learning about world issues. She hopes to learn more about a different government organization and how it operates this summer.