Lara McLeod is the Equity & Belonging Pathways Program Manager at Zillow Group, providing multiple pathways for employees to learn, grow, and drive Equity & Belonging. Prior to joining Zillow Group, Lara started her career at Microsoft. A writer by trade, she spent her 4 years at Microsoft working as a UX writer before changing her career trajectory to focus specifically on workplace culture and employee development as a Business Program Manager and the head of Career Development for BAM (Blacks at Microsoft).
Originally from Washington D.C., Lara has always been passionate about and engaged in equity, belonging, and social justice efforts. She serves as a mentor and Seven Generations member for City Year, an education nonprofit dedicated to helping students and schools succeed. Lara is also a board member and lobbyist for Rise, a national civil rights nonprofit. She continues to lobby alongside the CEO and other members of Rise to pass groundbreaking federal legislation protecting sexual assault survivors’ civil rights.
Lara earned her Bachelors in Professional and Technical Writing from Carnegie Mellon University with minors in both Vocal Performance and Social Psychology. In her free time, you’ll find her singing with her Seattle-based A Cappella group or performing in local Musical Theater productions.