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Work Environment

Meet the Team

Get to know the faces behind Lead for America

We are a diverse group of passionate individuals committed to the mission of fostering local leadership and strengthening our communities across the nation. Each member of our team brings unique skills, experiences, and perspectives to our work, but we all share a common goal: to create meaningful and lasting change in the places we serve. We are proud to be part of the LFA family and are excited to continue our work in supporting and developing the next generation of community leaders.

Executive Team

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Joe Nail

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CEO, LFA Co-Founder

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Taylor Stuckert, AICP

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Executive Director of ACC

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Richard Swarttz

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Chief Financial and Administrative Officer (CFAO)

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Joseph Shepard

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Chief of Staff and Director of Community Impact

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Chester Spellman

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Senior Vice President

Board of Directors

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Andrew Powell

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LFA Board Chair

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Reed Shafer-Ray

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LFA Board Secretary

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Shimul Melwani

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LFA Board Member

Strategic Advisors

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Jennifer Hazelton

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Senior Strategic Advisor

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Michael Brown

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Senior Strategic Advisor

LFA Staff

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Eric Kotin

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Director of Strategic Initiatives

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Brandon Fling

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Controller

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Jennifer McKinney

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Executive Assistant to the CEO/Operations Specialist

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Hannah Ryan

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Special Events Coordinator

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Franklin Winters

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Grants & Contract Manager

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Meghan Carver

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Associate Director of Alumni Engagement & Community Impact

ACC Staff

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Tom Branen

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Vice President of Government Relations

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Cadie Bergan

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Director of National Recruitment & Selection

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Jennifer Hopper

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National Service Compliance Officer

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Iris O'Donnell Bellisario

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Program Officer

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Sierra Marie Bonn

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Program Officer

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Scott McFarland

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Director of National Service

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Camille Saunders

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Recruitment & Selection Associate

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Ken Edwards

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Community Partnerships Manager

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Kiana Reid

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Program Officer

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Emily Steinberg

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Director of Programs & Strategic Growth

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Communications Manager

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Rebecca Johnson

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Program Officer

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TaTy'Terria Gary

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Program Officer

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