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Leigh Niebuhr

Principal / Senior Portfolio Manager

Before joining Compass, Leigh managed over $5 billion in deposits for a large organization, but he missed building relationships with clients. “What I love about this job is hearing all the different life stories and learning how clients overcome challenges and achieve success,” he says.

Leigh’s economic, finance, and marketing background form both his big view and attention to detail in understanding how seemingly small and isolated market forces can gain momentum around the world, powerfully affecting many industry sectors. “The effect of capital in an efficient, free market economy is amazing,” he says. Clients appreciate Leigh’s passion for sharing his economic insight and perspective to help them make informed and confident decisions regarding their wealth.

Leigh and his wife are busy parents of two teenage daughters who keep their dad running from swim meets to alpine ski races.  Leigh has a great sense of humor and a playful wit. Leigh is an avid runner and downhill skier and enjoys an afternoon of golf, but he is full of time for his clients and family.

Previous experience

U.S. Bank


B.A. in economics from the University of Minnesota.
M.B.A. in marketing from the University of St. Thomas.

Community service

Leigh is a board member and chairs the Budget & Audit Committee for Project for Pride in Living. His volunteer experience has also included work with the Special Olympics.

Professional credentials

Leigh has passed Level I of the Chartered Financial Analyst program and is a member of the CFA Society of Minnesota.