Meet Our Next Executive Director

Please Join us in welcoming Zachary J. Barton as LEADERSHIP’s next Executive Director.

The LEADERSHIP Centre County Board of Directors is pleased to announce Zachary J. Barton (Zach) as our organization’s new Executive Director beginning June 15, 2020.  After a lengthy succession process and the vetting of highly talented applicants, Zach was selected to usher in a new era of LEADERSHIP (formerly LCC).


Zach comes to LEADERSHIP with unmatched enthusiasm and passion for serving others. His pragmatic approach to build on existing programs and developing and stewarding fundraising initiatives in previous public service roles is a perfect fit especially at our time of transition.  Zach has a longstanding history with non-profits beginning as a mentor for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program locally and in New Jersey, as well as with the Rotary Club of Downtown State College, Young Professionals, and the Centre County Youth Service Bureau.


Upon accepting the position Barton stated “I am honored to begin working within an organization for which I have the utmost respect and with passionate and immensely talented people in the county. No doubt it’s imperative we continue to assess our local landscape in these uncertain times and continue to provide offerings that best serve our community.”


Zach succeeds Georgia Abbey, who is retiring after serving in the LEADERSHIP Executive Director role since 1999. All who have had the pleasure to collaborate with Georgia, including over 1,000 LEADERSHIP alumni and countless sponsors, will attest to her excellent management and programming skills, stewardship abilities, and desire to keep LEADERSHIP’s presence and initiatives relevant and moving forward to meet the ever changing needs of our community. Known for her ability to bring people along, Georgia is a true servant leader. We are grateful for her commitment, care, and love of the community. We wish her the very best in her next chapter.


As we navigate these uncertain times, we will create many opportunities for you to meet and engage with Zach. 


Until then, be well, remain optimistic, and let us know if there is anything we can do to help.


michael black

Board Chair and 2011 Alum

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