Leah Jakaitis was born in Albany, New York and moved to Pittsburgh in 2016.
She completed a Bachelor's Degree in Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and discovered her passion for interdisciplinary studies: particularly the intersection of technology and society. This fascination has driven her work ever since.
In 2015, Leah received an Master's Degree from Indiana University's School of Informatics and Computing where she focused on rare book and manuscript librarianship. She additionally completed graduate coursework at Indiana's Russian and Eastern European Institute. Leah served as an associate archivist at the American Jewish Archives at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, OH. She worked primarily in digital archive development and applied technology to document, navigate, and preserve cultural artifacts. Her work also supported foreign language collections, including Yiddish, Czech, and Hungarian materials.
In 2018, Leah joined Tulco Labs, the data science and applied artificial intelligence hub of Tulco Holdings. At Tulco Labs, Leah is the Head of Marketing Science and works closely with a cross-functional team to develop and implement marketing strategy to drive growth at companies in the Tulco Holdings' portfolio.
In the community, Leah volunteers at City of Asylum, a writers-in-exile community. She is active in community organizing and leads educational curriculum development on the history of the Rust Belt. In addition, Leah is focused on the ethics of technology, especially how technology is used to confront — or re-enforce — existing power structures. She has spoken on ethical design and humane technology at Abstractions II, and to local organizations on the subjects of responsible online citizenship, information literacy, and addictive design.