MA, New York University
Leda Bloomfield is a New American
Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MA in Economic Development and Housing at New York University
Leda calls herself one of Korea's lost children. Born in Korea, she was adopted by an American couple and grew up in a majority Latino and African-American communities in Connecticut. She reflects on the triple bind of her growing up: foreigner in her home country, her adopted country and within her own family, from which she was estranged as a teen. Her keen desire to work in underserved communities is a product of her complex immigrant and minority identities.
Leda made her way, however, to Barnard College where, with scholarships and part-time jobs, she graduated magna cum laude. Leda subsequently worked as a corporate legal assistant for a major New York-based international law firm and as Associate Director of an African-American think tank affiliated with Columbia Law School.
Leda is pursuing a master's degree in urban planning at NYU's Wagner School of Public Service. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Urban Planning student association. At the same time she works as a paralegal at a civil rights law firm, where she is a Spanish translator and helps to represent victims of housing discrimination.