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The LLC Team

Deborah Meehan, Executive Director

Deborah Meehan is the founder and Executive Director of the Leadership Learning Community (LLC). In 1991 Deborah received a Kellogg National Leadership fellowship. She was also a 1991 Salzburg Fellow and returned to Salzburg in 2007 as a member of the Global Youth Leadership faculty. Deborah also conducts an annual Women’s Leadership Seminar for women law fellows. She has served as a consultant for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to build an alumni association for the 700 leadership alumni of the Kellogg program. She serves as a board member for the International Leadership Association and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of MN. Deborah has created a consulting services arm of LLC and conducted evaluations for national and international leadership programs and produced leadership scans, literature reviews and made program recommendations on behalf of 30 foundations that include a broad range of small, large, regional, state and prominent national foundations.


Miriam Persley, Operations Manager

Miriam has a strong background in organization and management processes and analysis, gained both in the public and private sectors. Her work focuses on increasing the efficiency of her teams and has a passion for community development through leadership. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literature as a Gates Millenium Scholar. At Cal, however she also studied Calculus, architecture, visual arts, sociology, public policy, and education, among other subjects. Her passion for creating communities and educating people motivates her work at LLC and her interpersonal exchanges.