Leigh Scrabis is Director of Community Development for Catalyst. In this role, Leigh helps Catalyst create and develop partnerships with municipalities, economic development offices, community redevelopment agencies, and other community development organizations. Additionally, Leigh also works with the company's small business and developer clients to facilitate financing and capacity building.
Prior to working with Catalyst, Leigh spent 14 years with the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency, serving as the Executive Director. During her tenure with the Fort Myers CRA, Leigh helped facilitate over $100 million of new development in blighted areas and was instrumental in creating some of the most innovative economic development tools, including a stormwater and nutrient credit program that allowed developers to fully utilize properties for redevelopment.
Leigh graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering. She lives with her husband and two children in Fort Myers, Florida, where she is local royalty and connected to more people than Kevin Bacon. In her spare time, Leigh likes to take long walks on the beach while thinking of new ways to finance community redevelopment.
Director of Community Development