Eden Leonard

Executive Director

Eden grew up in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, on a farm outside of Silverton. With a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from the University of Puget Sound, her initial professional experience included work for a bioanalytical chemistry firm, a materials science research laboratory, a tutor specializing in mathematics, chemistry and physics, and as a community college mathematics instructor.

In 2009, Eden jumped at the opportunity to teach outside of the classroom and joined World Ocean School as a deckhand aboard Roseway. She quickly took the lead as Education Coordinator before moving into her role as Education Director where she pioneered the Boston-based education, and significantly expanded World Ocean School’s programs. In September 2013, she departed World Ocean School to hike the Camino de Santiago. She then returned to Portland, Oregon, where she established a summer fellowship program, and a community networking group for developmentally disabled adults, all while working as a Director of Development for a community nonprofit called FolkTime. After her busy two-year hiatus, Eden returned to World Ocean School in January 2016.

She enjoys long walks on the beach (no, really – she hiked more than 600 miles of the Oregon and California Coasts before she joined WOS in 2009!), and she continues to utilize her Chemistry background as an amateur home brewer.