Ann Arbor District Library Trustee

Jim Leija

Jim Leija

Jim Leija is director of education and community engagement for the University Musical Society. He is running for his second 4-year term on the Ann Arbor District Library Board. He was first elected to the AADL board in November 2014 and serves as its treasurer.

Leija has worked for UMS since 2008. He was initially hired as public relations manager, then named manager of new media & online initiatives. He was promoted into his current role in 2011.

From a 2011 UMS press release: "In addition to his life as a performing arts administrator, workshop leader and peer educator, Leija also is a director, filmmaker and performance artist. His works have been seen at Dixon Place in New York City, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Performance Studies International Conference, as well as venues in Toronto and Chicago. His nonfiction essay 'Dance or Die' was published in the anthology 'Queer and Catholic' (Routledge Press, 2008)." 

Leija holds three degrees from the University of Michigan –  a bachelor's degree in sociology, a BFA in musical theatre, and an MFA in art and design.

Leija and his partner Aric Knuth – director of the New England Literature Program in UM's Department of English Language & Literature – live on Ann Arbor's southwest side. The couple was featured in Bridge Magazine's Michigan Divided series.

Leija is serving as treasurer for his campaign.

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Jim Leija:  In The News

Library board unanimously opposes Ann Arbor central park proposal MLive, Oct. 16, 2018

Profile of Jim LeijaSLICE Ann Arbor, March 21, 2018

An election divided them. A year later, they meet face to face Bridge Magazine, Nov.7, 2017

Revisiting Aric Knuth and Jim LeijaBridge Magazine, July 11, 2017

Fireworks, parades, and a partisan divide that won’t go awayBridge Magazine, July 11, 2017

A conservative and two liberals swapped news feeds. It didn’t end well – Bridge Magazine, April 6, 2017

Meet Michigan's divided: Aric Knuth and Jim LeijaBridge Magazine, Jan. 24, 2017

Friendster to Erase Early Posts and Old PhotosNew York Times, April 26, 2011