Leah Lopez Cardenas

Leah Lopez Cardenas Headshot
Title: Senior Editor
Education: Drake University
Location: Des Moines, IA
Expertise: SEO, Marketing, Lifestyle

Leah is a digital lifestyle editor at Real Simple covering topics across all categories, including home, health, beauty, food, and more.


  • 11 years of experience in digital marketing and editorial
  • Graduated with a M.B.A. and dual B.A. degrees in journalism and English from Drake University


Leah joined the Real Simple team in 2022 as a lifestyle editor with 11 years of experience in editorial and marketing. Prior to working as a senior editor for Real Simple, she was an editor for Daily Paws for two years where she managed SEO-focused story production and content growth strategy for the brand. She has also done freelance writing and SEO consulting for brands like Angi, HomeAdvisor, Martha Stewart, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents, and Magazines.com.

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Leah earned a M.B.A. with an emphasis in marketing, a B.A in Journalism, and a B.A in English from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

About Real Simple

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