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  • LA was one of the greatest things in my development as a leader and a new person in the Community. It challenged me about what I had assumed about myself and why I needed the others that were in this class with me! The number of times I have called on my classmates since my May graduation is too many to recall. EVERY one in that room I now consider leaders that will attack the issues that must be addressed!

    • Kevin Hils
    • Zoo Director, Chehaw Wild Animal Park and LA '12
  • Leadership Albany is among the most comprehensive community leadership training programs available from anywhere I have worked and lived. The curriculum provides a thorough education about community government, industry, services, business, and education. Program class members are a foundation of professional networking that fosters relationships throughout the community."

    • R.D. Harter, Director of Public Information
    • Dougherty County School System and LA '09
  • "Leadership Albany empowers relationships, networking and learning beyond the "typical" leadership courses. I was probably one of the few people that was "familiar" with each of subject days; but there was not one day that I did not walk away with greater understanding. This program provides a pathway to connect deeper in the community and provides fundamental skills that are transferable to any environment or any locale."

    • Jawahn Ware, County Clerk
    • Dougherty County Board of Commissioners and LA '14

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Leadership Albany Board

Leadership Albany, Inc. is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors who are Leadership Albany program alumni and are elected by the alumni membership. 

Executive Directors
Martez Favis - Chairman
Merrit Garnto - Treasurer
Yvette Fields - Secretary
Leslie Abrams Gardner - Board Governance
Daniel Stone - Past Chair

Kerri Copello
Taylor Jenkins
Levent Gokcen

Johnnie Johnson
Sara Kirk
Brad McEwen
Michael Persley 
Jeretha Peters
Tracy Suber
Terry Whitaker
Jackie Entz
Victoria Johnson
Brianna Wilson


Nominations are now open for the 2024 Class of Leadership Albany.



The application for Leadership Albany will be emailed to each nominee. The application is online and nominees will be sent a due date in their email with the application link.