Leigh Youngblood brings a collaborative and possibility-oriented mindset and more than twenty-five years of nonprofit leadership to team endeavors at every level. Her experience includes managing and sustaining growth from two to ten staff and spinning-off an expanding program to an independent 501(c)(3) operating in multiple states. An early background as a paralegal and degree in accounting ground her commitment to accuracy, transparency, and reliability. This foundation of excellence resulted in innovations that continue to serve as national models in the field of voluntary land conservation.
From ensuring effective board, committee, and staff relationships; recruiting and cultivating high-impact partnerships; and implementing transformative diversity and inclusion practices, Leigh’s communication style is often a bridge for conveying different perspectives toward solutions and progress.
Beyond ambitious annual budgets and capital campaigns, Leigh’s community engagement and program leadership resulted in tens of millions of dollars of federal and state program support to local communities.