Following her 25-year career of service in law enforcement, Lillie Leonardi is pursuing her lifelong passion for writing.
From 1998 to 2010, Lillie Leonardi was employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Pittsburgh Division, as its Community Outreach Specialist. Leonardi’s work and research focused on violence prevention. She also served as a training instructor under the auspices of the United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of Pennsylvania.
On September 11, 2001, immediately following the crash of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Leonardi was deployed to the crash site, where she would spend the next 12 days. During that time, she was tasked to serve as the primary liaison with law enforcement, government, and human service entities, including the United Airlines humanitarian response team. She also assisted in the coordination of the two memorial services.
Post 9/11, Leonardi represented the FBI in collaboration on three projects relating to Flight 93: with the Smithsonian Institute, with the Senator John Heinz History Center, and with the Flight 93 Oral History Project, coordinated by the Department of the Interior.
Prior to her career with the FBI, in 1984, Leonardi was appointed to serve as the first female police officer with the city of Arnold, Pennsylvania. While employed with the police department, she specialized in crime prevention and investigations of crimes against children.