Rockville, MdLeadership Montgomery (LM), today announced that Dana Pauley, CFRE was named as the president and CEO of the organization. Pauley, who was serving as Interim Executive Director, will assume the new role on July 1, 2021. Her appointment comes after a nationwide search that engaged board, staff, members, and stakeholders to interview the top candidates.

“Dana is a positive and energetic leader. Her practical approach to problem solving and passion for bringing leaders together have earned Dana the esteem of the LM’s members, graduates, staff, board, and donors,” said Leadership Montgomery Board Chair Marilyn Lynk. “The board is excited to work with Dana as our new CEO and confident that LM will be well positioned under her guidance to thrive in the years to come.”

Pauley first joined LM- a Rockville-based nonprofit that educates, inspires, convenes, and connects leaders to advance Montgomery County- in 2018, when she joined in the newly created position of vice president, philanthropic investments. The role included leadership of the team that oversees marketing, membership, special and educational events, and the Corporate Volunteer Council. A 2017 graduate of LM’s Emerging Leaders program, she directed and expanded the organization’s development efforts and was a co-creator of the REAL Inclusion program among other accomplishments.

Prior to LM, Pauley served in development and marketing positions for health and education organizations. With 15 years of nonprofit and for-profit management experience, she has lead teams, developed and executed fundraising strategies, supported board members and designed and implemented new programs. She has served on several boards and currently serves as the board chair for the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

“I am very proud to be a part of this trusted and important organization that has been providing connection, resources, and education for more than thirty years.” Pauley shared, “I look forward to building strategic partnerships and strengthening our programming, trainings, and events to help leaders and the community recover from the pandemic and thrive in the future.”

Pauley will help LM build upon its momentum and continue making progress to help leaders broaden their perspectives, sharpen their skills, and engage the community. She will ensure the continued delivery of exceptional programming and engagement opportunities.


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Leadership Montgomery is advancing Montgomery County through a network of more than 2,500 public, private and nonprofit leaders who share a commitment to making meaningful changes for a thriving community. In operation for more than 30 years, Leadership Montgomery educates, inspires, convenes and connects leaders through programs supported by a hands-on learning curriculum and service-based programs. Our program participants emerge better connected to people, organizations, and volunteer opportunities through improved understanding, services and relationships. Visit https://leadershipmontgomerymd.org/our-programs to learn more about our programs, events, professional development trainings and Leadership in Action initiatives like our racial equity workshops. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.