LGA Hires Interim Executive Director

June 5, 2024

LAKE GEORGE — Leigh Youngblood, the new interim executive director (ED) of the Lake George Association (LGA), brings deep experience in nonprofit conservation. Under her leadership, the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust in Athol, MA, grew staff from one to nine people and reached a total of 35,000 conservation acres in north-central Massachusetts over the course of 26 years. Municipal wetland protection is also a significant part of her conservation expertise

Leigh’s primary objective at the LGA is to oversee day-to-day operations and streamline the transition for a new executive director. This involves fine-tuning the organization as well as working with the LGA Board on strategic planning, including a community assessment to listen to the different stakeholders in the Lake George basin. 

Leigh Youngblood

Leigh Youngblood

“We are very fortunate to have Leigh leading us during this important time for our Lake and the LGA,” said Dr. John Kelly III, LGA Board Chair. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership to our team, as we continue our search process for a permanent ED.”

Because Leigh’s home in north-central Massachusetts is near the Quabbin Reservoir, which supplies Boston’s drinking water, she understands what it means to live in an area that is defined by a waterbody. 

“Lake George is a magnificent place,” said Leigh. “And the LGA plays such a crucial role. Lake George is lucky to have an organization that has been committed to keeping its water clear and clean for 139 years. It’s a joy to work here and help bridge the way to the future.”

This is Leigh’s second interim assignment, working with Interim Executive Solutions, a management consulting firm that specializes in placing interim leadership at nonprofits. In 2022, she earned a certificate from the Interim Executives Academy, a program of the Third Sector Company.

The LGA Board has hired a new search firm to identify the best candidates for the executive director role.