The Reverend Attorney Aaron J. McLeod is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina. He is the oldest child of Jerry and Phyllis McLeod, who are both educators in North Carolina. At age nine, Reverend McLeod gave his life to Christ and joined Wake Chapel Baptist in Raleigh, NC. Reverend McLeod is an effective communicator who speaks and teaches with profundity and energy. As a result, Reverend McLeod has been invited to preach, lecture, and give motivational speeches at colleges, universities, churches, and community organizations across the United States of America.
Currently, Reverend McLeod lives in the Chicagoland area. He is licensed attorney in the State of Illinois and he is the principle of his own law firm, The McLeod Group. His practice revolves around business law, nonprofit law, school law, and telecommunications. He also provides clients with management and diversity consulting services. Additionally, Reverend McLeod serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Isaac Singleton Community Development Corporation at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Joliet, IL. He is member of the church’s ministerial staff as well. Reverend McLeod also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. Reverend McLeod teaches a course on School Law in the College of Education to graduate students earning the Masters of Education degree in Educational Leadership.
In May of 2006, Reverend McLeod earned the Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Iowa College of Law. As a law student, Reverend McLeod distinguished himself as a Law Opportunity Fellow, a Thurgood Marshall Fellow, and as Chair of The Alexander G. Clark Chapter of the National Black Law Student Association at the University of Iowa College of Law. During law school, Reverend McLeod worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of the Vice President of Student Services and Dean of Students and as a Prosecuting Intern in the Johnson County Attorney’s Office in Iowa City, IA where he prosecuted misdemeanor bench and jury trials.
In June of 2003, Reverend McLeod earned the Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University’s School of Divinity. The concentration of his degree was Leadership, Public Policy, and Community Based Ministry. While at Harvard, Reverend McLeod completed half of his requirements for his degree at Harvard Business School, the Kennedy School of Government, and the Sloan School of Management at MIT. During Reverend McLeod’s tenure at Harvard University, he was active in many endeavors. He served as an Associate Minister at The Massachusetts Avenue Baptist Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts under the leadership of Dr. Howard L. McLendon. He worked as a program assistant for the Summer Leadership Institute at Harvard Divinity School. He worked as a research associate for the Dean of Center for Continuing Professional Education at Harvard’s School of Public Health. Additionally, Reverend McLeod served as a mentor for the COACH Program at the Kennedy School of Government, which assists Boston Public School students prepare for life after high school. Also during Divinity School, Reverend McLeod worked as a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Intern in the Office of the Honorable Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) on Capitol Hill where he primarily worked as an editor for Congressman Jackson’s book, A More Perfect Union.
Reverend McLeod holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He spent his junior year of college at Lancaster University in Lancaster, England where he studied business in the university’s school of management. As an undergraduate in Atlanta, Reverend McLeod managed a major gift fundraising initiative for the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and worked as an Aid in the Office of the Honorable Jim Maddox of the Atlanta City Council.
Reverend McLeod is a card carrying member of the NAACP, Rainbow Push Coalition, and The Chicago Urban League. Also, Reverend McLeod is an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and he is a Prince Hall Mason. Reverend McLeod is the proud father of Thompson Brewer McLeod.