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Leah King Joins United Way as Senior Vice President of Development

Leah King_UWTC_5x7_300dpiLeah King, a Fort Worth businesswoman with longstanding ties to the business community and numerous service organizations, has joined United Way of Tarrant County as Senior Vice President of Development to deepen the organization’s relationships in Tarrant County. She was formerly Vice President and Marketing Director at Northstar Bank.

Leah has a deep knowledge of the community based on relationships developed by working with a variety of people and community organizations over many years,” said United Way President and CEO Tim McKinney. ”That, along with her executive leadership at local companies and her experience in leading their United Way campaigns, will provide us with valuable perspective.”

Leah started her Fort Worth roots with RadioShack Corporation, advancing in positions in community relations, advertising and marketing, and investor relations. More recently she has been Senior Director of Public Affairs at Chesapeake Energy Corporation and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Holland Services. She has developed broad experience in marketing and corporate communications; public and government affairs; and community and philanthropic relations.

Leah is passionate about community service and has been associated with United Way of Tarrant County for many years. She is a founding member of the United Way of Tarrant County’s Women’s Leadership Council and has served as its Women’s Fund Development Committee chair. She also has served as a director on the boards of the Child Study Center, Junior Achievement and Communities In Schools of Greater Tarrant County. She currently serves on the Cook Children’s Medical Center board. She is an active member of Women Steering Business and the Fort Worth Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.

Leah has volunteered on numerous committees and advisory boards, including those of Circle Theatre, Catholic Charities Refugee Services and Brighter Outlook, Inc. She is a member of the Leadership Fort Worth 2010 class and Leadership North Texas 2011 class.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with incredibly talented teams,” said Leah. “United Way is clearly the natural place for me to bring that experience in the continuation of United Way’s mission. It’s an opportunity to work professionally in an area that is so important to me personally.”

Leah will be a key leadership team member at United Way, driving strategic vision and direction in the areas of the workplace campaign, major gifts, resource development planning, collaboration and management, volunteer engagement, and the Days of Caring program.

“We are excited to have Leah join United Way in helping companies achieve their philanthropic goals and enabling their employees to volunteer and donate to the causes they care about,” said T.D. Smyers, United Way Executive Vice President and Chief Operations and Development Officer.

Leah is married to Barry King, who, along with his brother, owns the award-winning gourmet sauce company Brothers Sauces.