In addition to strategic consulting, Leah Kareti serves as a contract employee of the NCAA who manages a national alcohol and other drug collaborative, a joint venture between the NCAA and NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) offering the program “360 Proof”. She runs two national professional development events for Division III, the Athletics Direct Report Institute and the Faculty Athletics Representatives Institute. She completed an initiative to develop infrastructure for the Student-Athlete Knowledge Community, a NASPA entity launched in 2013 to empower student affairs professionals with knowledge about athletics and the unique needs of student-athletes to enhance cross-campus collaboration and the collegiate experience for all students. Kareti also has experience as adjunct faculty, teaching “Compliance and Governance in Athletics” in Castleton University’s M.S. Program in Athletic Leadership from 2013 through 2017.
Prior to the contract role, Kareti spent more than 10 years at the NCAA national office with responsibilities including director of Division III Governance and leading the Division III legislative and interpretive team in Membership Services (now Academic and Membership Affairs). Kareti’s experiences at the national office included advising the NCAA Division III Presidents and Management Councils on annual updates to the Division III budget and strategic plan, coordinating divisional membership outreach and communications, and advising national office staff on Division III program operations, meeting facilitation, and membership engagement. She participated in the development of the Division III strategic positioning platform, ran the Division IIII Conference Grant Program, and served as a liaison to many Division III committees, including the Presidents Council, Management Council, Strategic Planning and Finance Committee, Membership Committee, Interpretations and Legislation Committee and others. In the early part of her NCAA career, Kareti drafted legislation, provided rules interpretations, and oversaw the annual publication of the NCAA Division III manual.
Kareti received the meritorious service award from the NCAA Division III Commissioners Association in 2012 and a leadership and service award from NASPA’s Student-Athlete Knowledge Community in 2016. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University where she was a track and cross country student-athlete and member of the Big Ten and NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committees, and she holds an MBA from Indiana University.