Leah Barros is an experienced lobbyist with a strong history advocating on healthcare, privacy, and civil rights issues. As Vice President of our Sacramento office, Leah drives successful advocacy strategies for clients at the California capitol. Leah tackles complex issues with thorough policy analysis and powerful coalition building.
Leah began her legislative career in Sacramento working for Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman. She credits her unique approach to advancing clients’ policy goals and strengthening their political brands to her experience working in the Assembly as both a Capitol legislative and local district staffer. Prior to working for the legislature, Leah worked on legislative and policy issues for the County Behavioral Health Directors Association, handling projects to reduce mental health stigma and identify cultural barriers to reduce disparities in communities of color.
Leah’s most notable achievements include leading the lobbying effort to help secure passage of the Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair Act: the first statewide law in the country to prohibit racial discrimination on the basis of natural hairstyles in the workplace and schools. Additionally, she has advocated for an array of healthcare clients from providers to patients, from biopharmaceuticals to non-profit and government services. She has also worked extensively on labor and employment issues, and represents victims of discrimination, sexual assault, and health disparities.
A summa cum laude graduate from California State University, Sacramento, Leah holds a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and a master’s in Social Work with an emphasis in Social Welfare Policy. Leah serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Governmental Advocates and is a member of California Women Lead. She is also actively engaged in a local movement to help remove the stigma attached to holistic health and healing in communities of color.