Forward Kenosha board member Leah Blough is a 1st generation immigrant from the Philippines, coming over at the age of 5 and eventually settling in Kenosha, WI with her family. Ms. Blough is a graduate of UW-Milwaukee with BS in Nursing and a career spanning over 30 years, starting at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Racine as a critical care nurse to her present position as a Senior Clinical Safety Analyst in Research and Development at AbbVie.
Ms. Blough has been a member of Kenosha’s Democratic Party since 2004 and was a past board member of the Kenosha County Democratic Party. She was voted ‘Democrat of the Year' in 2012, and was elected to the Democratic National Committee in Charlotte, North Carolina as a delegate representing Wisconsin during Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. She is a member of the American Association of University Women, a sustaining member of Congregations United to Serve Humanity for the past several years, and a sustaining member of the Shalom Center for the last two years. Ms. Blough joined Forward Kenosha in early 2016.
Ms. Blough’s interest in politics started in 1988 as a volunteer phone banker for Al Gore during his 1st run as a POTUS candidate. Ms. Blough has been involved in multiple local, state, and national campaigns since, as a phone banker for the Clinton 1992 and 1996 campaigns, as a field canvasser for U.S. Senator Russ Feingold and POTUS candidate John Kerry, field canvasser for Doyle for WI Governor campaign, ward captain for the Obama 2008 and 2012 campaigns, and a community organizer for the American Cancer Society/Breathe Free Kenosha in 2008. Ms. Blough is a graduate of Camp Wellstone campaign/activist training programs and a graduate of the Emerge Wisconsin candidate training program in 2011. Most recently, Ms. Blough served on the Kenosha County Board of Supervisors, District 12 from 2014-2018, sitting on the Human Services committee chairwoman of the Judiciary and Law committee, multi-use trail committee, and the opioid task force.