St. Paul

The Minnesota Humanities Center, a statewide nonprofit and full service event center, collaborates with organizations and people to inspire community conversations, forge deep connections, and illuminate authentic and diverse narratives. Through public programs, grants, and educator professional development workshops the Humanities Center ensures the equitable representation of marginalized, or absent voices across the state.

As Vice President of the Minnesota Humanities Center, Ms. Burchall oversees a broad array of organizational functions including strategic, annual and budget planning, revenue and fundraising activities, programmatic development, inter-team communication, audience and partnership expansion, data collection, and evaluation. Prior to her work at the Minnesota Humanities Center Leondra served in leadership roles at the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the St. George’s Foundation of Bermuda. 

Ms. Burchall is a results-oriented, strategic visionary with nearly twenty years of public history, program development and nonprofit management experience. According to Leondra, “I’ve worked for, or with civic, community-driven, mental health, and humanities nonprofits in and outside of the United States. I offer my skills and experiences, along with my diverse perspectives and insights in service to one of the most significant nonprofit organizations providing assistance to other nonprofits within Minnesota.

Prior to joining the Minnesota Humanities Center I worked for the National Endowment for the Humanities and was responsible for overseeing the nonprofit health of the fifty-six state and jurisdictional humanities councils. The process involved reviewing a self-assessment report that included historical and contextual information about the state’s populations and geography, political climate, economies or industries, and K-16 education. The written review was followed by on-site visits and confidential meetings with staff, board, and members of the communities served with the principal objective of addressing or averting major infrastructural (fiscal, governance, programmatic) issues.”    

Ms. Burchall holds BA and MA degrees in History from Howard University and is ABD from Kent State University. She has published numerous papers and scholarly articles on race, civil rights, historical exclusion and the importance of oral tradition, and has served on a number of nonprofit boards.

For more information about the Minnesota Humanities Center, visit:  https://mnhum.org/