Jeff Williams Selected as Executive Director of Leadership Long Beach

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Leadership Long Beach Announces Executive DirectorThe Board of Directors of Leadership Long Beach (LLB) formally named Jeff Williams as its Executive Director at its October board meeting. Williams has served as interim Executive Director since December 2010 and will continue to manage the organization’s community development leadership programs, lead fundraising efforts, cultivate alumni activity and represent the organization at community events.

During his tenure as Interim Executive Director, LLB’s programs have improved and grown with full classes of dedicated community leaders in both the adult institute and the youth leadership program. In addition, LLB has begun to initiate programs to continuously involve their alumni and engage the community with its principled alumni.

“Over the past year, Jeff has a done an outstanding job in focusing the organization on its core mission and programs,” said Tom Farrand, LLB board president and president of Farrand Research. “The board has seen Jeff further the growth of alumni community engagement and program development to meet the changing needs of our alumni and the city.”

After graduating from LLB in 2008, Williams has been very active in the organization, including serving on the executive board in 2009-10 before becoming full-time staff. Williams has a business finance degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, but his background is in education. He came to California in mid -1990s as part of the Teach for America program, where he taught middle school for three years in South Central Los Angeles and then worked for The New Teacher Project in Los Angeles developing career change professionals to teach in under- resourced schools. Williams is active in the community, working with the Youth Services Network and is also the founder and director of the Long Beach Mardi Gras.

Leadership Long Beach has its current classes of Institute and youth programs under away with their principled leadership activities and learning about the city of Long Beach, its key issues, and the many newsmakers and community leaders. Both programs will culminate in their class community service projects and graduations, reflecting upon the information and interactions made during their program year. Applications for upcoming program offerings will be available in January 2012. For more information, call (562) 997-9194 or email

In addition, LLB will host or participate in numerous events in the coming months, including the 17th Annual Putt-Putt on Pine, Alumni Community Service projects, Institute and Youth graduations, and the Community Campaign.

About Leadership Long Beach:

Leadership Long Beach was founded in 1989 by some of our community’s most influential and visionary stakeholders. These founders envisioned the formation of a civic improvement program that would serve the community by developing and motivating leaders on issues important to the future and sustainability of our city. The leaders developed by the Leadership Long Beach program have shared experiences, associations and values that enable them to set imaginative, yet realistic goals, and achieve them through coordinated and effective strategies. Leadership Long Beach has three principled leadership programs – Leadership Long Beach Institute, Youth Leadership Long Beach and Executive Quick Start –and also offers continual leadership and networking opportunities throughout the year.

With 22 years of history, Leadership Long Beach is a community leadership program designed to develop demonstrated community leaders by increasing their knowledge of the Long Beach community and creating networks of individuals who can help each other solve community challenges. Leadership Long Beach has over 1000 graduates from their programs and has contributed more than 100 community service projects to strengthen the Long Beach.
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