Women’s Business Center Team



Leigh McIlvaine

Women’s Business Center, Manager

Leigh McIlvaine is a passionate advocate for women and economic justice.  Her nonprofit experience ranges from consulting for microfinance organizations in India, to advocating for economic development policies that serve small and disadvantaged businesses in Washington, DC, to helping women access high wage, high skill careers in the construction industry.  She is excited to bring her knowledge of economic and workforce development to Mercy Corps Northwest’s Women’s Business Center. A native of Idaho, Leigh earned her Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs in Minneapolis.  She is an avid gardener, science fiction fan, and DIYer.

Ronesha Hayes

Education and Credit Program Manager

Ronesha Hayes obtained her B.A in Economics and Business Administration from Western Washington University. Ronesha is a native of Portland, Oregon and is passionate about increasing the economic power of individuals who are directly impacted by systematic oppression. Her experience as a training coordinator is also supplemented with her experience in curriculum development for companies in the food industry. She is excited to bring her knowledge and experience to the Mercy Corps Northwest’s Women’s Business Center. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, karaoke, and event planning.

Our Advisory Committee

The Women’s Business Center at Mercy Corps Northwest is directed by staff and a volunteer-led Advisory Committee. Our advisors represent a diverse background of experience and contribute to the success of our economic development programs. The WBC advisory board is led by WBC manager.

Interested in joining the team? Let us know! training.mcnw@mercycorps.org