Leah Halton-Pope

Director of Government and Community Relations
Roswell Park Cancer Institute

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Areas of Expertise: 
Federal, State & Local Policy and Legislative Processes
Strategic Planning
Special Interests: 
Healthcare
Education
Diversity

Biography

My name is Leah Halton-Pope, and before coming to Roswell, I was the Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for NYS Assembly Member, Crystal D Peoples-Stokes for four years. There I negotiated, drafted and prepared legislation, served as a liaison to the Governor’s office and state agencies and met with constituents, advocates and lobbyists on a myriad of issues on behalf of the Assemblywoman. Before that, I served two years with Girl Scouts of Western New York as Advocacy/Special Projects Coordinator, where I promoted the national policy agenda of Girl Scouts, and developed relationships with the legislature and state and local agencies to position the Girl Scouts as the preeminent organization for girls. I also spent several years in Washington, DC advocating for several municipal governments, healthcare organizations, social service agencies and institutions of higher education with members of Congress and federal agencies.

Drawn to Buffalo's rich history and diverse heritage, I moved back to my beloved city, with a desire to add to its culture and make a lasting impact on the city, region, and state. Having lost my father in 2006 to Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and watching my paternal grandmother suffer from Breast Cancer, I wholeheartedly support Roswell's mission to understand, prevent and cure cancer. I am happy to join the Roswell team where I hope to use my experience and education to serve as Roswell Park Cancer Institute's government representative, leading the Institute’s interactions with federal, state, and local representatives and agencies.

I live in the Buffalo area with my husband Marc Pope, Sr. and I am the proud step-mother to two beautiful children Moriah and Marc, Jr.