Leah Berger
M-F, 9am-5:30pm

Jensen is the principal and owner of The Berger Group, a firm dedicated to creating healthy, vibrant communities. The Berger Group provides expertise and professional services grounded in a framework of health equity, social justice and capacity building. She has been a consultant to the project for over a year with her consulting firm.

In her expanded role as Challenge Director, Ms. Jensen is responsible for internal logistics; external affairs; and education about hypoxia, Dead Zones and its impact upon the Gulf Coast and world waterways and communities. This includes leading promotion, recruitment and education efforts for the Challenge across diverse sectors, including innovation and entrepreneurship, agriculture, science, and technology. She interfaces with local and regional partners across the south, as well as supporters at the national level including the EPA, USDA, and White House’s Office of Science of Technology.

Jensen was initially selected to be a part of the Challenge team in 2015 because of her strong relationships throughout Tulane University. Prior to founding The Berger Group, Ms. Jensen worked at Tulane University School of Medicine (TUSOM) for over seven years where her efforts led to the development and founding of five health centers and founding of TUSOM’s Office of Community Affairs and Health Policy, serving as its Executive Director. She concurrently served as Co-Executive Director of the Ruth U. Fertel/Tulane Community Health Center, where she developed and managed a brand new, state-of-the-art clinic dedicated to providing high-quality, cost-effective care to under-resourced and uninsured families.

Over the years Ms. Jensen has been honored for her work, including selection as one of New Orleans’ CityBusiness “Women of the Year”, New Orleans “Top 40 Under 40”, the nation’s “100 Great Disruptive Heroes” for her pioneering work in the health care delivery system, participation in New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI), and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. She serves as a Board Member for Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine’s Alumni Association and is on the Advisory Committee for Louisiana Healthcare Connections.

Ms. Jensen received her Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College in both Cultural Anthropology and Gender and Women Studies. She attended the School for International Training in Kenya with a focus in Development, Health, and Society, and received her Master of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 2004 with a focus in International Health and Development.