LEAD Maryland increases the numbers and capacity of leaders serving agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities.

The LEAD Maryland Foundation awards a two year fellowship to selected participants, creating classes of 20-25 emerging leaders.  The LEAD Fellowship curriculum focuses on providing public issues education, skills building, leadership development, and personal growth.

Through program participation, Fellows become more equipped to solve problems, identify resources, engage and educate others, lead communities, and to shape public policy.

Photo above: LEAD Class IX Fellows (2015-16) study the forestry industry at a seminar in Garrett County, Maryland, June 2015. Image Credit: Remsberg Photography

Thank you to the many individuals, businesses, and organizations for funding the LEAD Maryland Foundation, Inc., a 501(c) (3) nonprofit.   The University of Maryland Extension and the LEAD Maryland Foundation work together to fund and provide the LEAD Fellowship Program.


Congratulations LEAD Class VIII on your graduation, March 14, 2015!

The LEAD Graduation, New Fellows Welcome and Alumni Reunion event was held on March 14, 2015, in Annapolis. Thank you to all LEAD Fellows and guests for your participation. Thank you to the many volunteers for making the celebration and silent acution a huge success!

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140 LEAD Fellows, LEAD Alumni, program sponsors, LEAD Maryland Foundation Board Directors, and guests celebrated the Graduation of LEAD Class VIII Fellows, and Welcomed the new Class IX. Image Credit: Josh Hastings, LEAD Class VIII.
LEAD Graduation, March 14, 2015. Left to right: University of Maryland Extension Director Dr. Wei, Maryland Department of Agriculture Assistant Secretary Pat McMillan, LEAD Class VIII Fellow Brad Miller, LEAD Past President Ken Korando, and new LEAD President Vanessa Finney. Image Credit: Edwin Remsberg.
Photo below: LEAD Class VIII, at USA Embassy, Pretoria, South Africa, January 30, 2015.


See LEAD Maryland Class VIII (2013-2014) on YouTube, as presented at the graduation event, March 2015. 

See LEAD Maryland Class VII (2011-2012) on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWyJmxs 5c4
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The University of Maryland Extension programs are open to all and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.
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